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June 26, 1986

The State Department called on the Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran to stop its persecution of the Bahai religion. A State Department spokesman said that about 200 Bahais have been executed in Iran, more than 750 are in jail and much of their property has been confiscated. The Bahai faith, founded in the 19th Century in what is now Iran, is regarded by Iran's clerical leadership as a heresy. At one time, the Bahai population in Iran numbered more than 300,000.

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