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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Donya

[Date:] 16 Tir 1335 [7 July 1956]

[Issue No.:] 399


Trial of the Muslims Accused of Murdering the Baha’is and Participation of American and British Diplomats at the Court


The trial of 43 Muslims, accused of murdering the Baha’is in the Village of Hormozak, Yazd, continues in a high court for criminal justice. This trial, which is one of the most controversial in the history of Iran’s judicial system, has attracted the full attention of high religious leaders, especially those at seminaries in Qom. Countless observers crowd this court, and every day a number of foreigners, including representatives of the British and American embassies, attend the court sessions and learn, through the translators, the arguments of both sides.

The latest news is that defence lawyers for the 43 accused are each receiving a sum of ten thousand rials, sent from Qom, and full expenses of all [defendants] are paid every fortnight. These sums are withdrawn and dispatched from the imam’s account. It is interesting to know that the Muslims who murdered the Baha’is are among the close relatives of the victims, and one of the victims is an offspring of an [accused] defendant, who is [now] being tried as a child murderer.

It is not yet clear what the outcome of this important trial—which is almost becoming political—will be. Considering that, in several instances, such as the murder of Dr. Berjis in Kashan, this high court for criminal justice has acquitted the murderers, it would be difficult to speculate about the fate of these 43 Yazdi defendants.

Based on a piece of information, Seyyed Ziaod-Din Neghabat, the lawyer representing the Baha’is, who had spoken against the accused during several sessions of the court, following the receipt of [copious] advice from the religious leaders, was dismissed from his position a few days ago.