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[Newspaper:] Jomhouri-e Eslami

[Date:] Wednesday, 12 Esfand 1360 [3 March 1982] - 7 Jumada I-Ula 1402

[Issue No.:] 800

[Page:] 10

 

The interview of Jomhouri-e Eslami newspaper with the National Public Prosecutor about “The Property Owners and Tenants”, “Amnesty of Prisoners”, “Conditions of the Election of Judicial Police Force”, “Improving the Justice Administration”, and…

…The summary of an exclusive interview with the National Public Prosecutor:

If a few Baha’is were executed, it was because either they were Israel’s spies or were amongst the Mofsedin [corruptors] or Muharebin [fighting against God]… 

… The rumour of the execution of Baha’is in the country

G 17 [Response to question number 17] - If the question is [to imply] that we execute the people for being followers of the Baha’i Faith, the answer is no. The Baha’is who are living in this country submit to the rules of this country and accept the laws that are currently enforced here; they are certainly amongst those who we consider as Mosta’man [protection seeker and protected]. It means that non-Muslims are in two factions. One group is called Zemmi [Christians, Zoroastrians and Jews, who are protected by Islamic government and have to pay tribute or special tax]. The other faction are Mosta’man, and from the Islamic jurisprudence and religious points of view, we believe that we can cannot transgress their properties, lives and livelihoods under any circumstances.

Therefore, these Revolutionary Courts that act according to Islamic regulations [certainly] do not have anything to do with these people and will not make any trouble for them whatsoever, but if there is a Baha’i who has committed wrongdoings, has become counter-revolutionary, has spread corruption on earth, has taken arms against God, or has withstood the Islamic Republic—just like any Muslim who would commit these actions—we arrest him, imprison him or give him a life sentence, execute or impose other punishments. We do the same with the Baha’i and we punish him similarly. Hence, regarding the execution of the Baha’is, if you ask whether there have been any Baha’is in the country who have been executed, the answer is yes. There have been executions, but not because of being Baha’i, but because [a person] has come under certain legal circumstances—either he has been counter-revolutionary, or he has taken arms against God or he has committed a fault whose punishment has been execution, and  consequently he has been executed. Those who I have come to be informed of were either spying for Israel, or have been amongst the spreaders of corruption, or have taken up arms to fight against God, but I do not know anything outside of such occasions…