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[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:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 27 Bahman 1387 [16 February 2009]


Iran’s Public Prosecutor General in a Letter to Minister of Intelligence [and Security]:  Activities of Perverse Baha’i Sect are illegal and banned.

Fars News:  Prosecutor General:  Administrative Activities of the Perverse Baha’i Sect and Any Substitute Administrative Structure Are Illegal and Banned on All Levels.

According to Fars News, Ayatollah Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, in a letter addressed to Gholam-Hosein Mohseni-Ejehi, Minister of Intelligence [and Security], referred to Article 20 of the Constitution pertaining to the rights of all citizens of the country, and also Article 23 with respect to individuals’ freedom of belief, stating, “Adherence to a principle or belief is permissible, but to openly proclaim and declare it with the intention of distorting the views of the public in an attempt to create a movement, propagate [such beliefs], or disrupt public opinion, and other such acts, will not be allowed.”

The Prosecutor-General further asserted, “Fundamentally, [the rights of] individuals and official entities have been recognized by the Constitution and in other laws and they are free [to pursue] their legally prescribed activities.  However, if activities of individuals, groups, or administrative agencies pose any threat to national security or territorial integrity, it is obvious that the government will use its discretionary power in order to maintain public safety and national interests and will react accordingly to the offenders.”

He then referred to the perverse Baha’i sect’s records and history of their political-intelligence organization and network and the existence of its headquarters in the occupied Palestinian territories and said, “Evidence, documents, and other information indicates that the [Baha’i] administration is in direct contact with foreign enemies of the Iranian nation; that they have a long-standing and strong relationship with the Zionist regime; and that within Iran they have been involved in gathering intelligence and infiltrating [Muslim] activities, and destabilizing the tenets of public belief.”

In conclusion, while making reference to the order of the Prosecutor General and the Attorney General of the time in 1362 [1983] pertaining to ban of any administrative activity of said group, he indicated, “The activities of the perverse Baha’i sect on any level are illegal and banned, and their ties to Israel and opposition to Islam and the Islamic regime are established beyond doubt.  The danger they pose to national security is supported with evidence and proven; thus, necessary measures will be taken against any substitute administration [set up by the Baha’is] that adheres to the same principles.”

The leaders of the illegal administration of the Baha’i sect were arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence [and Security] and their case is being reviewed by the judiciary.  Under the guidance of respected Prosecutor General, vigorous confrontation with the administrative elements will continue until their absolute annihilation.