[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:] Saturday 23 Azar 1364 - [14 December 1985] - 1 Rabi`al-Awwal 1406

[Issue No.:] 17762

[Page:] 13

 

Hojjatol-Islam Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the Temporary Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran:

The well-thought-out politics of Iran proved that Iran is protector of the security of the Persian Gulf and a true peace seeker…

…With the fury that the world hegemony has against the current affairs of the country, it has created a human rights upheaval. [Being] Baha’is, the hypocrites and shah lovers, nationalists and a combination of all of them, what would be the meaning of such a combination? Now Baha’ism has also become a combatant against Iran. They had started espionage activities when they came to the help of the British and Tsarist Russia, and their function has been espionage. Now our concern with them is only limited to their espionage activities, to their smuggling and hoarding activities. Mr. Reagan, the president of the country of 250 million Americans, the great super power, intends to defend these matters. These are the documents of anti-human rights of the Islamic Republic…