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[Newspaper:] South China Morning Post

[Date:] 13 July 1983

 

Iranians 'kidnapped Baha'is'

Tel Aviv, July 12.  Two prominent members of Iran's Baha'i community have, been kidnapped in Teheran, said a spokesman for the Baha'i World Centre.

The men, Mr Jahangir Hidayati and Mr Ahmad Bashiri, were walking down a Teheran street last week when they were seized, said Mr Donald Barrett, secretary-general of the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa.

He said the Iranian authorities had denied knowledge of the men's whereabouts and that another four Baha'is had been arrested in Teheran.

Ayatollah Khomeiny's fundamentalist Islamic regime, which regards Bahaism as heretical, is believed to have murdered more than 140 Baha'is since coming to power four years ago.

Last month, the Iran Government rejected pleas from President Reagan to spare the lives of 17 Baha'is. The President said more than 130 had been executed since the revolution.

-- Reuter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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