[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Thursday, 11 Azar 1361 – 16 Safar 1403 – 2 December 1982 

[Issue No.:] 822

 

In an Exclusive Interview:

Hojjatol-Islam Khalkhali Spoke About the Council of Experts, the Hojjatieh Society and the Provisional Government

Our parliamentary reporter had an interview with Hojjatol-Islam Sheikh Sadegh Khalkhali, the honourable representative of the martyr-producing people of Qom.  In this interview he was asked about his motivation for becoming the candidate for the Council of Experts, the Hojjatieh Society and the situation of his constituency …

Ayatollah Khalkhali said:

I believe some gentlemen of the [Hojjatieh] Societies are not bad people, but they have intellectual dependencies. In the past [during the Pahlavi regime], they [members of various societies] were forbidden to challenge the Baha’is, either in the political arena or the economic one. For example they could take no action against Pepsi Cola or Hojabr Yazdani that was only an ideological matter. The organization also had no objections to it. Now that we have taken away the cause, meaning the self-indulgent apparatus [of the shah], SAVAK, and the CIA, there is no Baha’ism left for us to call on the Imam Zaman to come and solve our problems. …