IRAN: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI SENTENCED TO DEATH
29 giugno 2015: The Iranian regime has sentenced prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri to execution. He is the leader and founder of a spiritual group called Erfan-e-Halgheh (Mystical Ring). He was sentenced to death on the charges of “spreading corruption on earth” via “diverting people.”
Amnesty International issued an urgent action in May calling for immediate release of this political prisoner.
Mohammad Ali Taheri was first arrested in 2010 on charges of “acting against national security” but was released after 67 days of solitary confinement.
He was subsequently rearrested on May 4, 2011 and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on the charges of blasphemy, 74 lashes for unlawful act (contact with the wrist of female patients during treatment), and 900M Tomans fine for intervention in medical treatment, acquiring illegitimate property, illegal distribution of audiovisual works and using scientific titles.
However in the summer of 2014 he was re-investigated on the charges of “corruption on earth,” a charge he has already been acquitted from. His case was sent to Branch 26 of the regime’s court for retrial and he was subsequently sentenced to death.
A few days ago, 12 individuals who have been promoting “Erfan-e Halgheh” were sentenced to a total of 24 years in prison and 100M Tomans in fine. (Sources: iranfreedom.org, 29/30/2015)