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


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 9 Tir 1358 [30 June 1979]

[Issue No.:] 15892

[Page:] 3


The Properties of Sabet-Pasal and Mehdi Namazie Were Confiscated

The properties of Sabet-Pasal and Mehdi Namazie were confiscated in favour of the Mostazafan [institution for the vulnerable]. Billions of dollars of capital that were looted from the Bayt al-Mal [house of money - treasury] of the Iranian people were returned to the treasury of the nation.

All the properties, companies and factories of the famous Persian billionaire Sabet-Pasal have been confiscated by the Central Committee of District 3 of Tehran.

Twelve large factories for the manufacturing of the Pepsi Soft Drink, the Iran Cylinder Corporation, the Iran General Tire Company, the Cork Making Corporation, the Engine Oil Factories [illegible], the Miral Glass Making Plant (Mina Glass), and the Johnson Company, Inc., manufacturer of laundry detergent, are among the properties of Sabet-Pasal that have been confiscated.

Before the confiscation of Sabet-Pasal’s properties, Yousef Sobhani, the director of the Pepsi factories, who was one the leaders of the Baha’is in Tehran, was arrested and delivered to the Qasr Prison…