[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 7 Farvardin 1358 [27 March 1979]

[Issue No.:] 15815

 

Telegram by “Ahvarhoush” to the Minister of Justice

I will testify against Hoveyda!

I gave the documents related to Hoveyda’s being a Baha’i to the former representative of Karaj

In the Name of God

Honourable Minister of Islamic Justice

Respectfully, I hereby invite the attention of Mr. Minister to the following statements, which are indisputable. . .

. . . 2 - Mr. Hoveyda, in addition to participating in the smugglings of Paris and dishonouring the [Iranian] people, abused the carte blanches of the Iranian embassy in Germany and the power to issue them, during the time of Ambassador Abdollah Nezam, under the pretext of Jews’ fleeing Germany.  Aside from that, during the time of Major General Arfa’ in Turkey, where Hoveyda had a position, he was expelled from Turkey for engaging in propaganda for the benefit of the perverse Baha’i sect.  Each of these has a separate file in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [The statement] that I have dropped my complaint is not true....That justice system, and individuals such as Mr. Sadegh Ahmadi, who was a crony and servant, did not dare to investigate my well-documented and logical complaints against Mansour, Hoveyda, Alam, Amouzegar, Nahavandi, Ansari, Zahedi, and the shameful elections of Iran-r Novin and Rastakhiz [two Iranian political parties during the time of the shah] and their immeasurable abuses. . .

. . . During the reign and leadership of these Rasputins, the talk was not of bribes of, for example, ten percent or twenty percent. Rather, the story was one of looting and pillaging and destroying the country. On the day of the trial of Mr. Hoveyda [the statement] that his Baha’i background—which had been announced to the Parliament by the former representative from Karaj and said to have been given to him by SAVAK—is not true, because one of the religious legal scholars, who is well-respected by all (Nasrollah Ahvarhoush, Managing Editor of Jowshan newspaper) had given me those background records that I gave to Mr. Akhbari 17 years ago. . .