[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Publication:] Akhbar-e Amri [Bahah’i News][1]

[Date:] Khordad – Tir 1331 [May – July 1952]

[Issue No.:] 2 and 3

[Page:] 9

 

Extracted from the letter dated 26 Bahman 1330 [16 February 1952]

The best proof of the accuracy of the information expressed is the behaviour of the provincial prosecutor toward a poor patient, the late [Mr.] Binesh. Even though the director of the Yazd Health Department testified that he had suffered from a chronic duodenal ulcer and that he came to Tehran for surgery, and the Medical Examiner’s Office officially acknowledged that it had been dangerous for him to continue being in prison, owing to the fact that there were no good intentions and that malice and prejudice had replaced truth and justice, they made it an administrative issue.

More than ten letters were exchanged between the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, the prison and the Police Health [Department], and while all the correspondence written by the Police and the Health Department indicated that the late Mr. Binesh had been severely ill and needed surgery outside the prison, the provincial prosecutor did not pay attention; even though the attorney general explicitly ordered that the accused be treated in accordance with Article 484 of the Criminal Code of Procedure, he did not pay attention. As a result, the poor patient died in prison.

As you see, this is the mode of operation of the Judiciary and justice system in this country. Now another prisoner is sick, and a few other ones are ill, and gradually one after the other may [suffer] the fate of the late [Mr.] Binesh. And in this centre for justice, there is not a single person who has mercy on the miserable situation of a group of oppressed, innocent, honourable and determined individuals.

 

 

[1] [This was an official Publication of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran, which was published between 1922 and 1980.]