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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

[Date:] 21 Farvardin 1393 [10 April 2014]


First Deputy Head of the Judiciary: The Arrested Baha’is Are Accused of Espionage

Mashhad - IRNA –The first deputy of the judiciary said, “Baha’is who have been tried in Iran have been arrested and tried not for being Baha’is but for espionage and affiliations with the usurping Zionist regime.”

On Thursday, on the side-lines of a conference of registrars of the Lands and Deeds Office in Mashhad, Hojatoleslam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi told reporters, “Although we do not recognize Baha’ism as a religion, and according to historical documents consider Baha’ism to be a British handiwork, the arrests and trials of the accused Baha’is have been for spying for the occupying Quds’ regime.”

He said, “The reality of the excuse that the European Union has raised today as a human rights issue is that now the regime of the Islamic Republic is in the position of claimant.”

He said, “The European Union must see the actions of the West, because in our view the Western regime of domination and government should be in the defendant’s position.”

Hojatoleslam Raeisi added, “We have a long list of human rights violations by various governments in Europe, especially the United States in their treatment of their own people, the way the French treat the African countries and their treatment in prisons are all very clear. All are clear cases of the violation of human rights.”

The first deputy head of the judiciary added, “We believe that the whole purpose of the European Union in raising these issues is for us to abandon our fundamental basis, which is Islam; as the late imam said, ‘Our fundamental dispute with the West is over Islam.’”

Hojatoleslam Raeisi added, “However, our officials, including the supreme leader of the revolution and other officials in the country and in the international arena, have raised these issues, but there is no place to deal with these matters fairly.”