[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:] Sunday, 6 Dey 1360 [27 December 1981]

[Issue No.:] 16611

[Page:] 3

 

Important and Exclusive Interview of the Editor of Ettelaat Newspaper With the President

The Issue of the Hojjatieh Society

Question: An issue which has been being raised for a long time…is the issue of the Hojjatieh Society. Ayatollah Jannati also raised this issue with great intensity in the beginning…. We do not really know what the truth is about this. As a well-informed, knowledgeable and experienced cleric, what is your opinion on this?...

Answer: The Hojjatieh Society refers to those who worked for twenty years as a religious and intellectual group. But in my opinion, the question of how these are, and referring to the orders of Mr. Jannati, is an inappropriate question. Without accusing you for asking such question, I accuse the very existence of this issue and the emphasis of the issue of the Hojjatieh Society in the society and I consider those who first tried to create this rumour and this artificial crisis, to be gross [unsophisticated] people.