[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Kalame News

[Date:] 29 Farvardin 1389 [18 April 2010]

 

The second session of “Kayhan” court

…Shariatmadari continued his defence, referring to Shirin Ebadi’s interview with a foreign media outlet about homosexuality, saying, “In this interview, he stated that there is a heavy punishment now in Iran for homosexual[ity], which is not permissible.”

He added, “Shirin Ebadi’s bigger crime is that she introduces herself as a symbol of Iranian Muslim women everywhere in international forums, and I can clearly say that one of the reasons for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi is to humiliate the Iranian woman.”

The editor-in-chief of Kayhan Newspaper reminded the court that another complaint that Shirin Ebadi has raised is why she has been accused of supporting the Baha’is. Her support for the Baha’is and Baha’ism is unquestionable. The Nobel Peace Committee was so in need of support for the Baha’is that it did not confine itself in its statement to the general term of religious freedom but emphasized that this freedom included the Baha’is and Baha’ism. How does this lady deny her support for the Baha’is and Baha’ism?

Shariatmadari added, “Contrary to popular belief, Baha’ism is not a sect; all the documents show that it is a Zionist political party that has served the international Zionist agency from the beginning until now.”

He further referred to another complaint under the heading, “Zionists made great efforts to award Nobel Peace Prize to Ebadi”; he said, “They do not expect me to present a completely secret and classified document for the Zionists’ relentless effort to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi.” Can Shirin Ebadi and her deputies address just one example of Shirin Ebadi’s many years of work in which there is no blackmail and repetition of the blatant lies that the Zionists told against the oppressed people of Iran? Ms. Shirin Ebadi’s blackmail was so hostile that the tabloid media changed some of their [stories] to maintain their prestige...