Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of Halqeh Mysticism has been sentenced to death in Iran

Dear Madam/Sir,

Iran's human rights currently requires your immediate attention!

After the election of Hassan Rouhani as president in 2013 hopes of change once more emerged among Iranian citizens. Mr. Rohani had repeatedly promised to restore the lost rights of citizens on the basis of the constitution of the Islamic Republic. However, according to the June 2015 report of Ahmad Shahid, UN Special Rapporteur, human rights situation has been worsening in Iran and based on Amnesty's report, only in the past six months, 753 people have been executed in Iran.

One of the people currently under the risk of execution is “Mohammad Ali Taheri”, the founder of a spiritual movement known as Halqeh (Interuniversal) Mysticism and its two complementary and alternative medicines called Faradarmani and Psymentology.

Below please find translation of DW Farsi link:

Founder of Halqeh Mysticism has been sentenced to death in Iran

The official news agency of the Iranian judiciary (Mizan) quoted from an informed source that Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of the [spiritual] doctrine of "Halqeh Mysticism" has been sentenced to death. According to the news agency, Taheri’s death verdict has been handed out to his lawyer. The issuance of the death sentence for Mohammad Ali Taheri was confirmed in an interview with the legal and judicial reporter of “Mizan” (the Iranian Judicial official news agency), although the appeal period for such conviction is still valid.

In addition to Taheri, a number of other people involved in Halqeh Mysticism including Ms. "Ziba Mohammadian", the wife of Mohammad Ali Taheri, have also been put to trial. Moreover, last winter 16 "masters" of this mystical doctrine were sentenced to a total of 37 years of imprisonment.

The official news agency of Iranian Judiciary wrote, "Mohammad Ali Taheri, the leader of the deviant sect of Halqeh Mysticism, was arrested in May 2010 and was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to 5 years of prison, to a fine of $ 300,000 and 74 lashes on charges of insulting sanctities, illegal medical intervention in treatment of patients, committing adultery, unauthorized use of academic titles (doctor and engineer), [publishing] his subversive books.”

In May 2015, the court also added another charge called "Corruption on Earth".

Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, lawyer of Mohammad Ali Taheri, said in June 2015 that he had been informed of his client’s death sentence although the sentence had not been delivered to him. However, in June and only one day after Tabatabai had announced the verdict [in Tasnim, one of the Revolutionary Guard’s news agencies], the Iranian judiciary had denied issuing such a decree.

The arrestment of Mohammad Ali Taheri and Halqeh Mysticism masters began after a few of the Iranian clerics and ayatollahs issued fatwas (religious statements) against this group and their activities. In one of these fatwas, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Leader of Iran, stated that: "Participation in these (Halqeh Mysticism) meetings and any action that promotes these people and their classes should be avoided." Makarem Shirazi (another religious cleric) also said: "Such sects do not have any religious validity and their beliefs are apparent deviation and their purpose is to deceive."

In recent years, fans of the founder of “Halqeh Mysticism" have carried out several demonstrations in Iran in protest to Taheri’s situation.
In August 2011, the Islamic Republic state television broadcast the “confessions" of Mohammad Ali Taheri [filmed in jail] in which he denied his own teachings. In this confession, Taheri requested his supporters to refrain from listening to his audio cds and from reading his writings.
However, one year before, through a letter sent [from inside Evin prison] to Ahmad Shahid, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Mohammad Ali Taheri had explained how the Revolutionary Guards’ interrogators had forced him to make “false confessions” under "psychological pressure and torture", and that he had undergone such “false confession" as a result of death threats and threats to “harm his wife and orphan his children". This confession was broadcast on state television and was later attached to his file [and presented in court] as evidence.

Earlier, Amnesty International had warned of the danger of the execution of Mohammad Ali Taheri stating that Taheri who had spent 4 years of his five-year sentence had been [once more] accused of "Corruption on Earth" which is considered punishable by death in Iran. Taheri has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest.

Amnesty International considers Taheri a prisoner of conscience that has used the right to peaceful expression [through writing a letter to Ahmad Shahid]. Amnesty noted that, according to international human rights law, the death penalty applies only to cases of "extremely serious crimes" such as murder.

After the above explanation quoted from DW (Persian) news agency, we, as his students, would like to express our deep concern about his fate. In order to prevent the execution, we need your assistance in covering the news of his and other prisoners of conscience's status in Iran. It is only under international pressure that this verdict will end in acquittal and the execution will not take place.

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