[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 29 Ordibehesht 1395 [18 May 2016]

 

Khorsand in a Conversation With Fars:

Public Prosecutor Needs to File Charges Against Faezeh Hashemi / Strengthening Baha’ism is Religious [Prohibition]

A member of the Central Council of the Unified Islamic Party said, “The Baha’i sect is a perverse sect, opposed to Islam and the Islamic Republic, and any strengthening of this sect is a religious [prohibition].”

Today, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khorsand, in an interview with a Fars reporter in Qom, referring to the meeting of Faezeh Hashemi with one of the Baha’i sect’s leaders in the country, said, “The Baha’i sect is a perverse sect, opposed to Islam and the Islamic Republic, and any strengthening of this sect is a religious [prohibition].”

He continued by stating that the public prosecutor, as the public legal authority, has a duty to intervene in any issue that leads to inquisition and deviation in society, and to deal with the perpetrators. He said, “Faezeh Hashemi’s meeting with one of the Baha’i sect’s leaders was also one of the inappropriate things which must now be pursued by the Office of the Public Prosecutor.”

Pointing out that Faezeh Hashemi claims that this was a private meeting, a member of the Central Council of the Unified Islamic Party stated, “It should be said that if this meeting was private, no news or photo should have been published about it.”

He added, “When the daughter of a high-ranking official of the regime goes to such a meeting and her pictures are spread in cyberspace and she does not express any remorse, this is a crime, and the prosecutor, as the public legal authority, can deal decisively with this obvious crime.”