[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Abrar

[Date:] 20 Shahrivar 1365 – 6 Muharram 1407 – 11 September 1986

[Issue No]: 304

[Page:] 3

 

The head of the Supreme Court announced the conditions for the amnesty and pardon of ordinary prisoners and groups.

Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi: If those who have been detained for any reason repent, they will be pardoned by the imam.

Within the last three months, in connection with the latest directives of the Imam’s Amnesty Board, a large number of ordinary prisoners [who had committed] ordinary crimes and had repented, were released from the prisons, according to the specifics.

Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Bojnourdi, the head of the Supreme Court, announcing this news, said, “According to the recent directives of the Imam’s Amnesty Board, a vast number of prisoners who have committed ordinary crimes were pardoned, or their sentence was reduced, for the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr [Festival of Breaking the Fast] and Qurban [Festival of the Sacrifice]—except those who were counter-revolutionary or were the importers, producers and distributors of hard narcotics, members of the perverse sect [of Baha’is] and spies, those convicted of rape, professional armed robbers, scammers, those convicted of embezzlement and bribery and kidnapping…”

Mr. Bojnourdi also said that there exists the possibility of repentance for all the prisoners. Whoever has been arrested for any reason [crime], should he repent and reform, must be assured of the possibility of the imam’s amnesty and pardon.