[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Resalat

[Date:] 24 Mordad 1387 [14 August 2008]

 

The Baha’i Conspiracy to Bomb the Tehran International Fair Was Thwarted

An expert on contemporary Iranian history announced that the Baha’i sect’s organization in Iran plotted to bomb the Tehran International Fair during Farvardin and Ordibehesht 1387 [April and May 1987]. In an interview with IRNA, Seyyed Kazem Mousavi announced the discovery and neutralization of this criminal conspiracy, which could have turned into a great humanitarian catastrophe. He added, “Evidence showed that acts of terrorism and sabotage are on the agenda of this organization and due to their organized activities, [the government has raised its national security threat level].” He added, “The country’s intelligence forces arrested the members of the Baha’i sect’s organization in Iran on the basis of evidence that showed traces of [its] organization in acts of sabotage and some bombings…”

Seyyed Kazem Mousavi said, “The investigations show that the members of this organization intend to get involved in political affairs as well.” According to him, the sect’s participation in the elections had previously been banned, and no Baha’i leader had advised Baha’is to participate in politics or elections.

Mousavi indicated that, “The investigations show that the changes and developments that have taken place in the programmes of this organization are not in any way born of the thoughts of the officials of this organization in Iran, and without a doubt, the thinking brain of this organization is in Israel.” According to him, this organization sends the information collected from Iran to Canada and then to the headquarters of this organization in Israel. He went on to criticize the negligence of some officials of the previous government, saying, “The vacuum created by the previous government gave members of the Baha’i sect’s organization the opportunity to expand their organization by exploiting the space created.”

This contemporary Iranian historian said, “After the order of the prosecutor general in 1362 [1983], the nine-member delegation, which was transformed into an emergency three-member delegation for marriage, death, and the like, increased its activities to expand its organization in the 1370s [1980s]. And in spite of outside support, it changed from a three-member board to a five-member board, and eventually to a seven-member board, which legally should not exist.