Saturday, August 1, 2015 5:22:57 PM
The Islamic Revolutionary Court held its charges against Mohammad-Ali Taheri the founder of a spiritual group in Iran as his lawyer said.
Mohammad-Ali Taheri, an Iranian physician, researcher and author in the field of Interuniversalist alternative medicine, convicted to death penalty at branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court and the court decision received by his lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei on July 2015 .
Dr. Taheri, the founder of a spiritual group so-called “Erfan-E-Halgheh” (deviated Halqeh Cult) who has been in Evin prison since May 2011, was sentenced to capital punishment on the charge of “Ifsad fi al-Arz” (spreading corruption on Earth) under Islamic Penal Code as his lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh said.
He has been in the solitary confinement since his arrest, and in November 2014, he started a dry hunger strike (whereby a prisoner refuses both food and water) for 25 days to protest against his unfair isolation inside Ward 2-A Sepah at Evin prison in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
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 on the charge of blasphemy, disturbing the medical treatment and also convicted to 74 lashes for touching his patients without a medical license 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.
Hereof, Amnesty International has concerned about Mr.Taheri’s critical situation in a statement on 30 August 2014. Moreover, Amnesty International started a campaign to release Mr. Taheri sending letter immediately to Iran’s authorities.
Mohammad Ali Taheri was detained on 4 May 2011 by officials linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and held incommunicado for nine months in Ward 2-A of the Evin Prison. Branch 26 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran convicted him, on 30 October 2011, of “insulting Islamic sanctities” and allegedly sentenced him to five years in prison after four court sessions in which he defended himself.
The Iranian physician 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.
He reportedly committed at least seven hunger strike as rights groups declared.
His excruciating life in the chambers at the hands of the Islamic Republic regime of Iran includes:
4 May 2011 –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.
Mr. Taheri's fans have began a campaign to release him asking the worldwide's citizens help them.
The Human Rights activist John Burke also started a petition to release him and asking the globe citizens SIGN the petition to halt the unfair execution.
By: Kaveh Taheri