[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]
[Date:] 24 Farvardin 1359 [13 April 1980]
[Issue No.:] 10971
The Complete Interviews of the Imam in Kayhan – 6 –
…Imam: I’m asking the American people to take action in favour of the Iranian people soonest…
Q - In an Islamic government, would the elected people be religious leaders, or would everybody have a chance to be elected, irrespective of their religious or political views?
A - The individuals must be honest and religious, and/or those who have Islamic views and are religious. But non-Muslims, religious minorities, [will] have their own votes; consequently, they will choose according their own rights.
Q - Is there religious and political freedom for Baha’is in the next government?
A - Freedom will not be given to those people who are harmful to the country.
Q - Will some freedom be given to them [Baha’is] to observe their ceremonies?
A – No.