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Judiciary System


Islamic Revolutionary Court of Justice, Tehran




[Date:] -----

Number: 40790[illegible]

Enclosure -----


In the Name of God – Date of Trial:  11 Mordad 1375 [1 August 1996]

File Number: D/6412/75


Investigative Authority:  Branch 2, Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran, with the undersigned presiding.


Accused:  Mr. Mousa Talebi, son of Mehdi-Gholi

Subject of the Case:  Relinquishing the protection of Islamic Republic; apostasy after having converted to Islam; leading two Muslims to deviancy; and activities against the interest of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Procedural synopsis and Court Decision:

According to the file, Mr. Mousa Talebi, son of Mehdi-Gholi, birth certificate number [redacted] , issued in [redacted], born in [redacted], resident in [redacted], is an unrepentant individual who is confirmed in the perverse sect.  He has been a member of an assembly and active [in the activities] of this Sect, and after the victory of the glorious Iranian Islamic Revolution and the dissolution of the perverse Sect, he was arrested and charged with spying, attending assemblies, and being active against the regime of the holy Islamic Republic on behalf of the occupying Zionist regime; other similar charges are contained in the file.  The aforementioned and his family converted to Islam in the presence of a Sharia judge — a diligent and learned man — of the Revolutionary Islamic Court of Faridan, Khansar, and Golpayegan.  According to a proclamation dated 26 Mordad 1360 [17 August 1981), page 55, his family undertook that they would not do anything in opposition to Islam, and would be diligent in learning about Islam.  Therefore, the respected Sharia judge of the Courts of Faridan, Khansar, and Golpayegan, pardoned him and proclaimed the alleged file closed on the basis that belief in Islam should take precedent over apostasy.,. The Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Court also confirmed the matter and made a notation that if apostasy takes place, Islamic law will be enforced without leniency.  On page 69 of the file, according to a proclamation dated 2 Bahamn 1372 [22 January 1994] of the Ministry of Information, page 77, the above-mentioned has apostatized against the religion of Islam and in addition to apostasy, he has become a member of a three-person assembly which resolves the problems of the perverse sect, and has registered two Muslim girls [as Baha’is] and married them to individuals from the perverse sect.  He was arrested again and the matter was further investigated by various branches of the Revolutionary Courts of Isfahan and, ultimately, the decision of the Revolutionary Court of Isfahan was set aside and the respected judges of Branch 31 of the Supreme Court turned investigation of the matter over to the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran, which then submitted the case to this Branch, at which time the Court fixed a date for the case against the accused to be heard..  The defendant and his chosen counsel attended the court hearings and the defence for the accused was submitted and recorded in the minutes of the court hearing.  The conclusion of the hearing was announced and a decision of the court was delivered as follows.


Court Decision

Mr. Mousa Talebi, son of Mehdi-Gholi, birth certificate number [redacted], issued in [redacted], has confessed that at the time of his detention in 1360 [1981-1982] in the detention centre of Faridan [Revolutionary ] Guard, declared his conversion to Islam in the presence of the Sharia judge of the Revolutionary Court of Faridan, Khansar, and Golpayegan, and recited the Shahadatain[1].  However the majority of his explanations are lies and as if his abandoning Islam were not enough, he then proceeded to register two Muslims [as Baha’is] and to marry them to members of perverse sect.  His crimes have been proven and with reliance on Article 289 of the Act to Amend Legal Procedures, ratified on 6 Shahrivar 1361[28 August 1982] and Laws related to the “People of Zammeh [2] in the book Tahrirol-Vasyleh, specifically the second Question, in which his Holiness the Imam, may his soul rest in Paradise, states that the punishment for this type of apostate, is execution, he is hereby sentenced to death.  This decision is subject to appeal at the National Supreme Court.

The Sharia Judge of Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Justice, Tehran

[Handwritten date]

17 Mordad 1375 [7 August 1996]


Printed in the official newspaper of the country, form number 52/2201/1040 The Planning Office


[1] [An Islamic declaration, declaring belief in the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as God's prophet]

[2] [The term refers to non-Muslims living in an Islamic state [who are granted] legal protection]