[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:] Jomhouri Eslami

[Date:] Saturday, 10 Farvardin 1364 – 8 Rajab 1405 [30 March 1985]

[Issue No.:] 1692

[Page:] 4

 

Head of the Supreme Court of the Islamic Revolution and member of the Supreme Judicial Council

The “abeyance period” of the detainees constitutes a part of the term of their sentence

Mr. Musavi Bojnourdi, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Court and member of the Supreme Judiciary Council, having travelled to Khorasan region, conveyed during a conversation with the reporter of Jomhouri Eslami the viewpoints of the Supreme Judicial Council on various judicial issues. On the latest claim of an American authority on the execution of the Baha’is in Iran, he [stated,] “We are not to execute innate [natural] apostates—although an innate apostate is one whose father has been a Muslim and [who] has chosen Baha’ism, and by Sharia law, he should be killed. However, the executed Baha’is were charged with espionage and financial contributions to [the government of] Israel and their clear statements of confession on this are available in their own handwriting and bear their signatures.”