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[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:] The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

[Date:] 1 Khordad 1388 [22 May 2009]

 

Supporting the Perverse Baha’i Sect to Win Votes, an Electoral Fraud.

Shazand’s representative in the Islamic Consultative Assembly said, “Supporting and praising the perverse Baha’i sect [is no way] to win votes and is an electoral fraud.”

On Friday, in an interview with IRNA’s parliamentary correspondent, Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash condemned the actions of some presidential candidates and their supporters in the community of the perverse Baha’i sect. He stated, “In order to win votes, some question the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and try to win votes at any cost.”

He said, “The statement that the Baha’is in Iran have the right to citizenship is illegal and an election violation.” The member of the central council of the conservative faction of parliament said, “Baha’ism is a sect that is considered heretical in terms of Islamic law and [its] elders.”

Ahmadi Bighash said, “Certainly, the election monitoring bodies are considering this statement; it is against the constitution to praise a heretical sect to gain votes.