Free Iranian Author Mohammad-Ali Taheri, Sentenced To DEATH For "Spreading Corruption On Earth"
- Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament
URGENT UPDATE NOVEMBER 15, 2016--MOHAMMAD-ALI TAHERI ON PRISON HUNGER STRIKE, TAKEN TO UNKNOWN LOCATION-- Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of the banned Erfan-e Halgheh spiritual group, went on hunger strike in Evin Prison on October 18, 2016 to demand an end to his illegal incarceration. Taheri’s five-year prison sentence for “insulting the sacred,” “immoral contact with women” and “carrying out illegal medical procedures,” ended on February 7, 2016, but he has not been freed. The authorities have concealed his location from his family since late October.
SOURCE: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
VERY URGENT UPDATE JUNE 20, 2015 -- MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH ON THE CHARGE OF "SPREADING CORRUPTION ON EARTH"
Mohammad-Ali Taheri, an Iranian physician, researcher and author in the field of Interuniversalist alternative medicine, was sentenced to death by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, according to the Governmental News Agencies.
Dr. Taheri, the founder of a spiritual group who has been in Evin prison since May 2011, was sentenced to death on the charge of “Ifsad fi al-Arz” (spreading corruption on Earth) as his lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh said.
He has been in the solitary confinement since his arrest, and in November 2014, he began a dry hunger strike (whereby a prisoner refuses both food and water) for 25 days to protest against his unfair isolation inside Ward 2-Alef Sepah at Evin prison.
The governmental news agencies closed to Iran’s Intelligence Service said that Mr. Taheri convicted to six years imprisonment. He was previously sentenced to 37 years in prison, fine and lashes on the charge of blasphemy, disturbing the medical treatment and touching the female patients in the Revolutionary Court on 2014-2015 as news agencies said.
Mr. Taheri asked Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, to review his case by sending an open letter in April 2014.
SOURCE: BCR Group
UPDATE AUGUST 30, 2014-- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI HELD IN SOLITARY, THREATENED WITH DEATH BY HIS JAILERS
Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has spent over three years in solitary confinement in Section 2A of Evin Prison in Iran’s capital, Tehran, has been threatened with death by interrogators. He is serving a five-year prison sentence on a charge of “insulting Islamic sanctities”, in relation to his spiritual beliefs and practices.
Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of a new spiritual group in Iran called Erfan-e-Halgheh, was arrested on 4 May 2011 by officials linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and held incommunicado for nine months in Section 2A of Evin Prison. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran convicted him, on 30 October 2011, of “insulting Islamic sanctities” and sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment, but found that his offence did not involve, as the prosecution had argued, saab ul-nabi (deliberately denigrating Prophet Mohammad) which would have carried the death penalty under the Islamic Penal Code. Amnesty International understands that the authorities have, nevertheless, continued to threaten him with death, apparently based on religious fatwas that order the killing of apostates.
Mohammad Ali Taheri has been serving his prison sentence entirely in solitary confinement and his repeated requests to be transferred to a cell shared with other inmates have been denied, leading him to undertake at least seven hunger strikes and attempt suicide four times. Except for a six-day period of leave in March 2013, his interaction with the outside world has been limited to brief bi-weekly visits from his wife in a “cabin” (behind a glass screen) and limited telephone calls, both of which have stopped since his wife was arrested on 2 July 2014 for a period of two weeks.
Mohammad-Ali Taheri, the head of the so-called "deviated Halqeh Cult", a spiritual master and founder of two approaches to "alternative medicine" was sentenced to five years of prison on charges of insulting sanctities.
After four court sessions in which he defended himself, he was sentenced to five years of prison by the Tehran Public and Revolutionary Court on charges of insulting sanctities, making statements that he had no specialty in and claiming to receive [divine] inspiration and knowledge and presenting these to others.
He was also sentenced to 74 lashes for touching his patients without a medical license. (Tabnak state-run Website, Mashreq state-run daily – Feb. 13, 2012)
MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI (Persian: محمد علی طاهری) an academic entity,[also a spiritual master for three decades, is an internationally celebrated founder of two medical therapeutic approaches: Faradarmani & Psymentology from Iran. His methodology and approach have been a source of awareness and realization to countless people seeking wisdom, i.e. Interuniversal Consciousness. He has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees from different international institutes including University of Traditional Medicine, Republic of Armenia, International Ecoenergy Academy of Azerbaijan Republic and International Medical Forum of Russia Federation for the foundation of Complementary and Alternative Medicines of Faradarmani and Psymentology and innovative teachings in medicine. Moreover, He has been awarded gold medals and special cups by different innovation exhibitions and institutes including CGIF 2010 and INNOVA 2010 and was honored as “Officer” at Merits of Invention at Brussels Innova European Innovation award.
Mohammad Ali Taheri’s teachings and theories are monotheistic and in accordance with all holy books. Faradarmani and Psymentologhy are based on establishing a communication, connection or link to the Interuniversal Consciousness (intermediary between God and the universe, consciousness governing the universe, which is named Gabriel or the concept of Holy Spirit in Christian theology) and it is with this connection that mental, emotional and body healing takes place and all illnesses can be cured. Under this point of view, healing is just a means (and not the aim) to help mankind move in the path of Kamal (completeness). The purpose of Faradarmani is to reach practical acquaintance with Divine intelligence , practical theology, attain practical worship, recognize the inner treasure and provide a way for public salvation. Scientific proofs of these practices have boon published in several specialized editions of Medical Magazines such as Danesh Pezeshki and Tebe Kol Negar in Iran that include medical treatment reports on curable and incurable diseases such as Lupus Erythematosus, Nephrotic syndrome, Nephrolithiasis, Cholelithiasis, Heart arrhythmia, Infertility, various types of cancers, mental disorders, etc.
His history of persecution at the hands of the Islamic Republic regime includes:
4 May 2011 – to date – hunger/food strike, no news or trace of him, no permission/information provided to his lawyer, or to his family, no text, phone messages, nothing!
12 Apr 2011 – one day detention – arrested & released for no apparent reason, but threatened to stop his lessons and group meetings
18 Apr 2010 – arrested, spending 68 days in solitary confinement, bailed out until further notice.
He has been accused, detained, arrested, and jailed on numerous but baseless/irrational counts, without the right and possibility of consulting a lawyer, accessing a fair trial, defending himself publicly, calling/contacting family loved ones, whatsoever.
We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release Mohammad-Ali Taheri and drop all charges against him. WE URGE YOU TO ACT SWIFTLY NOW THAT HE HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH ON THE THEOCRATIC CHARGE OF "SPREADING CORRUPTION ON EARTH."
He is clearly a prisoner of conscience being punished for the peaceful propagation of his own beliefs, and practicing his approaches to alternative medicine both of which have won respect and recognition from peers around the world.
His continued persecution is a gross violation of international law and human rights covenants, to which Iran is a signatory state.
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