[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Jahan-e Ma

[Date:] Sunday, 26 Shahrivar 1329 [17 September 1950]

[Issue No.:] 12

 

Trial of the Killers of Berjis, Or the Shame of the Justice Department The system that must provide justice in this country is a system that ….adheres to principles of justice and fairness, equity and equality of all people [citizens] before the existing law, and is an impartial and stable judiciary, and, by practically maintaining its independence from the illegitimate influences and by its impartial judgments, has gained the trust and respect of the people. …

The story of the trial of Dr. Berjis’ killers is the latest page added to this scandalous book [of the judiciary].

Everyone remembers the tragic story of the dismemberment of a citizen of this country―a person who had the right to live in this country―a story that was described in detail in the newspapers of the court. Everyone has also seen and heard the verdict and the protests of the last few days.

Every human being with a conscience would think that this issue did not come out of two situations. One possibility is to assume that the defendants present were innocent, and that the acquittal was justified… So, where are the real killers? Because they cannot deny the fact that [someone has] killed and mutilated a doctor. Is it enough to acquit the accused or is the justice to arrest the real criminals and punish them?

The second possibility is that the judiciary has been influenced this time, like many other times, and has [determined] the innocence of the sinners. Particularly, when one observes all those demonstrations of power and riots in the first days of the trial, and the slaughtering of cows and festivities after the trial’s verdict, this possibility becomes stronger for him.…

The case of Dr. Berjis’ murder, regardless of the main issue of crime, has two very important social aspects. First, it has to do with the rights of minorities in our country …

At a time when the Charter of the United Nations puts freedom and equality of races and religions and the protection of the rights of minorities at the top of its agenda, for every honourable Iranian ... it is very unfortunate to observe that the rights and lives of minorities in this country are being violated.

Every philanthropic Iranian, who observes that the Ministry of Culture [Education] orders the preparation of a list of minority employees in order to limit them more…It has ordered not to admit minority students to schools …has the right to tremble at the hypocritical verdict of this court and to feel hatred in his/her heart.

Another aspect is that it is associated with the spread and development of superstitions. I think that no honourable Iranian will be willing for the blood of one of the citizens of this country, whatever and whoever he is, to be trampled by the play of thugs, cow-slaughtering and threatening with daggers.