Iran sentences spiritual leader of Shi'i mysticism to death

by The Region   Center for Human Rights in Iran  


For the second time in less than three years, Iran has sentenced Mohammed Ali Taheri to death. This time the charges allege that his crime was "founding a cult".

Mohammed Ali Taheri has a small following who believe that he may have already died in prison and that the sentencing might just be a ruse. His work, which combines sufi teachings, shi'i mysticism and alternative medicine, has long made him a target for Iran's islamist regime. 

In 2010 he was arrested for "acting against national security" and put in solitary confinement for 67 days before release. A year later, he was sentenced to a five year jail term for blasphemy. In 2015 he had a death sentence over-ruled for "creating a cult", and this month he was once again sentenced to death. 

His mother Ezat Taheri called upon journalists to spread the news of his death sentence, 

"Let's prove that humanity is still alive, I beg of all jouranlists especially Ms. Amanpour to echo my voice to Mr. Rouhani, to release my innocent son." said Ezat Taheri in a video on facebook.