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


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Thursday 22 Month of Khordad 1365 –12 June 1986, 4 Shawwal 1406

[Issue No:] 17905

[Page:] 3


Full Text of [Government] Circular, containing the Conditions of Freedom and Reduction of Prison Terms of Prisoners in Today’s Ettelaat


Tehran- the Islamic Republic News Agency: According to the order of His Excellency, Ayatollah Montazeri, all prisoners of [a political] group who have been rehabilitated in prison and released from prison, [and] would not cause danger to themselves or their community, and also a large number of other prisoners, in accordance with Circular number 3020 of the Pardon Committee of the Imam, will be released.

Part four – exceptions

  1. Embezzlement and bribery of more than 500,000 rials (if they received this sum as a bribe) and illegally taking from the Bayt al-Mal[1] and stealing from the Bayt al-Mal
  2. Armed robbery – road robbery – robbery of significant amounts
  3. Professional hustlers
  4. Rapists
  5. Offences that are subject to severe punishment provisions for kidnapping, as ratified in 1345 [1966/1967]
  6. Drug smugglers, [drug] producers and high ranking drug distributors
  7. Offences relating to Anti-Revolutionary groups (if they were followers of the Shah [unless] their repentance has been confirmed in the presence of a Sharia judge and the Intelligence Department) and active members of the perverse [Baha’i] sect, and spies


The court must enforce the provision in this circular and report the outcome immediately to the Pardon Committee’s address of Tehran, Pastour Street, Ghods Building, and to the office of the Ayatollah Mousavi-Bojnoordi, with a copy to the office of His Excellency Ayatollah Montazeri




[1] [Bayt al-Mal is an Arabic term that is translated as "House of money" or "House of Wealth." Historically, it was a financial institution responsible for the administration of taxes in Islamic states, particularly in the early Islamic Caliphate]