[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

In the Name of God

10 Khordad 1395 [30 May 2016]

 

The Respected Head of Public Prosecution of the City of Babolsar,

With greetings, we would inform you respectfully that once again, we, the owners of trading units in the city of Babolsar, as named below, have been faced with the sealing of our businesses by the respected officials of public places. This action was carried out without previous notice. Some of the business owners were not even present in their workplaces. Considering that any professional owner can close his shop for up to 15 days, according to the Executive By-laws of Article 28, paragraph B of the Law of the Trade Union, there is no legal justification for the sealing of our shops by the Public Places [Office]. In addition, according to Article 23 of the Constitution, inquisition of belief is prohibited, and, according to the holy verse of the Quran, “Let there be no compulsion in religion”[1], being Baha’i is not considered a crime. We have not committed any illegal act if we closed our businesses according to our belief that we should not work during our holy days. Therefore, as Baha’i citizens living in the City of Babolsar, we request that the esteemed authorities issue orders for the opening of our sealed shops.

Respectfully,

Farshid Hekmat Elahi [signature] - Maghsoud Laghaie [signature]- Misagh Laghaie [signature]

Shahin Sanaie [signature] - Bahman Sahand Mehrabad [signature] - Payman Sahand Mehrabad [signature]

 

[Handwritten note at the bottom of the page]

In the Name of God

The same letter should be submitted to the Chief of Intelligence and Security Police in order to act in accordance with the provisions of the law

[Signature and Stamp of The Head Office of the Judiciary of the Province] 10 Khordad 1395 [30 May 2016]

 

[Handwritten note at the left margin of the page]

The Director General of Intelligence of Public Places

In the Name of God

Inform the esteemed City Headquarters

10 Khordad 1395 [30 May 2016]

 

 

[1] [Quran 2:256] https://quran.com/2