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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Jomhouri Islami [Islamic Republic]
[Date:] 9 Tir 1359 [30 June 1980]
[Issue No:] 311
From Ayatollah Rabbani Shirazi, Ayatollah Dastghayb and Ayatollah Mahallati
It has been declared that payment of money to the Baha’is from the Public Treasury would be unlawful.
Shiraz – The reporter of the Islamic Republic: Following the operation to purify its offices, the Department of Education of Fars Province announced yesterday that ninety-six cases had been heard and decided. Said cases have been forwarded to the Five Member Central Committee of the Ministry of Education for the final hearing. The Director of the Department of Education of the province, Mr. Abolehrari, added that, thus far, approximately twenty cases have been decided, as a result of which fourteen individuals were dismissed, three were referred to the Shiraz Islamic Revolutionary Court, having been accused of cooperation with SAVAK[i], six individuals were retired, and the remaining forty-six individuals were suspended. He further added that based on Article 440 of the State Employment Act, forty-four individuals were dismissed on account of their belief in the Baha'i ideology.
Also, based on the information received regarding the employees of the Fars Department of Education who were dismissed for the offence of [association with] Bahaism, the Ministry of Education protested and stated that after retirement there would be no legal grounds for making such decrees. In a communication from Ayatollah Dastghayb, Ayatollah Rabbani and Ayatollah Mahallati, they announced that payments from the Public Treasury to these individuals are unlawful and whoever violates this order will have broken the law.
[i] The former [Pahlavi] regime’s intelligence service