[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Entekhab Khabar

[Date:] 29 Ordibehesht 1395 [18 May 2016]

 

Son of Ayatollah Montazeri:

Faezeh Hashemi’s Visit to a Baha’i Citizen Was Not Intended for Espionage

Entekhab Khabar – Ahmad Montazeri said, “Mrs. Faezeh Hashemi performed a humane action. Two [people] lived together in prison for several months; they became acquainted over time, and it is obvious that there will be a visit between them. Their goal was neither to sign a military contract nor exchange information, nor [engage in] espionage! Rather, they had a meeting solely for the purpose of greeting [each other]. To deprive Mrs. Hashemi of her natural rights is not agreeable. The remarks of Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani were expedient because some media outlets tried to question him by using slander and irrelevant comments, and in any case, the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council thinks prudence...

Entekhab Khabar – “Baha’ism has long been recognized as a perverse sect, and any activities of its members face severe condemnation.”

According to Entekab, Faezeh Hashemi’s visit to Fariba Kamalabadi, a member of the Baha’i sect who has been released from prison due to Islamic compassion, has led to various interpretations, each of which is noteworthy.

In the meantime, some believe that Mrs. Kamalabadi’s background in the Baha’i sect should not be looked at in this incident, and that the meeting should be viewed only as a visit of two people who spent time together in prison...

Ahmad Montazeri said, “Mrs. Faezeh Hashemi did something humane, and human affairs are above religious and group beliefs.”