[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
Fall of 1392 , Season for Planting Barley in the village of Ivel
After the investigations had been made in the Court of Appeals and the accused individuals had admitted that the mentioned farms were owned by the Baha’i farmers, the judge stated that the owner of a land does not need permission to farm his own land. Therefore, the Baha’i farmers decided to proceed with farming, without having to obtain a permit from the court. On Wednesday 8 Aban 1392 [30 October 2013], Ali Ahmadi from Qaemshahr and Akbar Movaffaghi from Sari went to Ivel to make some preparations, including making arrangements with three tractor drivers Zein-Ali Vardipour, Hamid Babaie and Feghhi, agreed to take their tractors and help the Bahá’í farmers in their farming.
On Thursday, 9 Aban 1392 [31 October 2013], as the Baha’i farmers were preparing their lands for planting crops, police commander Mr. Bakuie and his deputy, Mr. Ahmadi, appeared and told the farmers that they were not allowed to farm, as they did not have permits, which they should have obtained from the head of the justice administration. The farmers tried to convince the commander that they had been told that they did not need permits to plant their own farms, but the commander insisted and the farmers stopped working. The deputy commander, Mr. Ahmadi, prepared a report, which is enclosed.
The Baha’i farmers took the police report to the court in Kiasar and gave it to Judge Kazimi, along with a letter in which they had explained the events. After investigation, the judge issued an order for the farming to continue. The Baha’i farmers then went to the police station in Telma Darreh, where they were told by the commander, Mr. Bakuie, who had been informed of the decision of the judge, that they were free to proceed with farming and that if anyone tried to disturb them they should file a complaint in court.
On Friday, 10 Aban 1392 [1 November 2013], all the farmers who owned lands in the area of Sarma Mountain, went to their farms and started preparing their lands for planting crops. The three individuals who had brought their tractors from the neighbouring villages planted from morning to dusk; there was only one piece of land left; that was finished the next day. Therefore, all the lands were planted and no one caused any disturbance. The Baha’is believe that the conviction of the previous year’s intruders has scared off the local residents. Moreover, the requirement for the Baha’is to obtain a legal permit has been annulled. This time the land-owners in the village of Ivel farmed their lands without having to obtain a permit from the court in Kiasar and without the supervision of the police station in Poshtkuh.
A Muslim individual by the name of Sabz-Ali Nourian, whose farm is adjacent to the farm of Mr. Sabetian, came to Mr. Sabetian’s farm with his wife; both he and his wife expressed their appreciation to the Baha’is of Ivel for their conduct and kindness. They also remembered the late Zohourollah Piri and Rahmatollah Rowhani and said that when they, (the Muslim couple) were young and newly married, these two individuals had helped and supported them in every way they could. They also said that they did not participate in the actions of the Muslim residents of Ivel when they were burning and destroying the homes of the Baha’is. They mentioned that some of the local residents had come to their home and insisted that they and their children go and take part in the burning and destruction of the Baha’i homes; but despite their persistence, they did not go and did not allow their children to go. This, they said, “was only because of the kindness we had received from the Baha’is. The local residents considered us to be Baha’is and to be the supporters of the Baha’is”.