[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]
[Newspaper:] Sobh-e Azadegan
[Date:] 27 Bahman 1358 [16 February 1980]
[Issue No.:] 45
The Death of the Shah
From Memoirs of Haj Sayyah
Haj Mohammad-Ali Sayyah Mahallati, the author of the book, Memoirs of Haj Sayyah, writes in the introduction of his book that after studying science in Tehran and Najaf and Karbala, with the help of his uncle, he returned to Iran and Muhajeran of Arak, at the age of twenty two …
…What happened in Iran to Sayyah are adventures worthy of being heard. All have been recorded in his book, and the reader can refer to them for more information. What is mentioned below is a brief section of the book, regarding the killing of Nasereddin Shah by Mirza Reza Kermani…
…Mirza Reza was brought to Tehran with his moustaches dug out, as well as his beard. His ears were chewed away and his head and face were covered with blood. They organized an interrogation meeting composed of fair judges. The way I was told the story, they had asked him all kinds of questions, such as where he had been before, whom he had come with and where he was coming from. When did he arrive? Had he had any collaborators or inciters, or had he not? Why did he commit such an act?
No word was heard from him except, “No one incited me and I did not have any accomplice in this work. The reason I killed him was due to the oppression that the generality of Iranian people are going through and the unjust cruelties, which I have endured from him and his son.”
He would repeatedly say, “I killed him to liberate the people and did not have any other purpose than this. I came alone from Istanbul [Turkey] and I am alone. I tried my handgun several times, over and over, preparing it for this purpose.” They asked him, “What is your religion?” He answered, “Islam”. They tried to connect him to Babism, but he denied it. They asked him, “Has Seyyed Jamal sent you to do this work?” but he denied it. Many irrelevant questions he [refused to] answer and he was not at all afraid of being hurt or killed.