[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:] 27 Bahman 1387 [15 February 2009]

 

Attorney General in a Letter to the Minister of Information:

The Activities of the Perverse Baha’i Sect are Illegal and Prohibited

According to Fars News Agency, Ayatollah Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, in a letter addressed to Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, minister of intelligence, referring to Article 20 of the Constitution [regarding] the citizenship rights of all people, and Article 23 of the Constitution on the freedom of individuals to hold any belief, stated, “Belief and creed is free, but it is not permissible to announce and express it in order to distort the thoughts of others, to create currents or to propagate and pretend with the intention of seducing and disturbing the minds of others, and similar matters.”

The attorney general further emphasized, “Basically, real and legal persons recognized in the constitution and ordinary laws have freedom of action in the above-mentioned activities, but if individuals engage in any activity, collective or organization that endangers national security and the territorial integrity of the country, it is obvious that the government will use its authority to ensure the public and national interests and will deal with the perpetrators accordingly.”

He then referred to the record and background of the network and the political intelligence organization of the perverse Baha’i sect, as well as its [administrative] centre in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying, “Evidence, indications and proofs show that the organization is in direct contact with the foreign enemies of the Iranian nation, and has long-standing and strong ties with the Zionist regime. In Iran, too, [Baha’is] are engaged in gathering information and in infiltration activities [with the intention to] destroy the foundational belief of the people.”

In the end, referring to the previous orders of the attorney general at the time and the head of the Judiciary in the year 1362 [1983], who announced the prohibition of any organizational activity of the mentioned movement, said, “The organizations of the perverse Baha’i sect are illegal and informal at all levels. Their affiliation with Israel and their opposition to Islam and the Islamic regime are proven and their danger to national security is justified and documented. It is necessary to deal with any alternative organization that acts as a substitute, according to the law.”

The leaders of the illegal organizations of the Baha’i sect have been arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence and their case is being investigated by the Judiciary, and by order of the attorney general of the country, [the Ministry] will continue to deal decisively with the elements of this organization until its complete extinction.