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[Newspaper:] Jomhouri-e Eslami

[Date:] Saturday, 10 Farvardin 1364 [30 March 1984] – 8 Rajab 1405

[Issue No.:] 1496

[Page:] 2


In an interview with Hojjatol-Islam Mousavi Bojnourdi, member of the Supreme Judicial Council

The views of the Supreme Judicial Council regarding the situation of the unsentenced prisoners, campaign against the Baha’i spies, and the international seminar of jurists were explained.

Mashhad - The Islamic Republic News Service: Mr. Mousavi Bojnourdi, head of the Supreme Court of the Islamic Revolution and member of the Supreme Judicial Council, who has travelled to Khorasan, explained various judicial matters in an interview. Regarding the recent claim of an American diplomat about the execution of the Baha’is in Iran, he emphasized that we do not intend to execute people who are inherent heretics, even though according to the Islamic Sharia Law, if a person is an “inherent heretic”—that is, his father has been a Muslim but he has become an unbeliever himself—he must be killed. However, the Baha’is who have been executed were guilty of spying or rendering financial assistance to Israel, and clear confessions and testimonies by them on this matter exist in their own handwriting and with their signature.

Mr. Bojnourdi enumerated the actions that have been taken by the Supreme Judicial Council to clarify the situation of the unsentenced prisoners, and while announcing that the duration of their waiting for a decision will be counted as part of their total sentence, reminded us that the growth of various factions and anti-revolutionaries and their credibility outside the country is based on having many prisoners. Therefore, they base their propaganda on this, and say that such-and-such group has many prisoners in Iran, and they try to prevent the release of the prisoners.  Therefore, when a pardon is given, or his highness the imam orders us to pay attention to the prisons, these small factions start making trouble in order to change our mind about pardoning them. They feel that once their prisoners are released, they will not have any more support. Therefore, we do not surrender to such atmospherics and propaganda and will remain busy doing our own work. . .