TEHRAN (FNA)- Seven detained Baha’i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel and others to undermine the Islamic system, an Iranian paper reported on Saturday.
The report in Resalat daily comes amid Israel’s heightened threats against Iran. Israel, believed to be the only Middle-East country with nuclear weapons, and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
The Resalat report appeared to refer to a group of Baha’is, most of whom were detained in May, but it did not spell this out. Judiciary officials had no immediate comment.
“Seven Baha’i individuals have set up an illegal organization with connections to a number of countries including Israel and they have received orders from them to undertake measures against the Islamic system,” Resalat reported.
Resalat quoted an official in charge of security affairs of Tehran’s revolutionary court, named as Mr. Haddad, as saying that the seven latest arrests had made confessions. Revolutionary courts handle matters of national security.
“This fact led to the arrest of seven individuals. They have all confessed to the formation of an illegal organization, including (having ties) with Israel,” Resalat added.
Iran said in May it had detained six members of the Baha’i faith on security-related charges.
The seven arrestees were members of The Baha’i International Community, operating under a governing council which is based in Israel.