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Iranian President's Allies Charged with Sorcery and Arrested

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posted on May, 5 2011 @ 06:42 PM
A rift has been brewing between Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a bit now.

For those following this spat it started when the Ayatollah fired Ahmadinejad's VP. Ahmadinejad hired him back as his chief of staff. The two are reported to be very good friends and one's son is even married to the other one's daughter.

The most recent tiff occurred when Ahmadinejad fired an intelligence minister and Khamenei hired him back. This led to Ahmadinejad basically taking his toys and going home for a bit - he staged an 11 day walk out.

This prompted much criticism from those loyal to Khamenei and has culminated in....

Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery

Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

Many feel the feud between the two is basically because of the original firing and rehiring of Mashaei by Ahmadinejad as his chief of staff. The Ayatollah is no fan of Mashaei.

However, it has taken a strange twist....

But the feud has taken a metaphysical turn following the release of an Iranian documentary alleging the imminent return of the Hidden Imam Mahdi – the revered saviour of Shia Islam, whose reappearance is anticipated by believers in a manner comparable to that with which Christian fundamentalists anticipate the second coming of Jesus.

Conservative clerics, who say that the Mahdi's return cannot be predicted, have accused a "deviant current" within the president's inner circle, including Mashaei, of being responsible for the film.

Ahmadinejad's obsession with the hidden imam is well known. He often refers to him in his speeches and in 2009 said that he had documentary evidence that the US was trying to prevent Mahdi's return.

Since Ahmadinejad's return this week, at least 25 people, who are believed to be close to Mashaei, have been arrested. Among them is Abbas Amirifar, head of the government's cultural committee and some journalists of Mashaei's recently launched newspaper, Haft-e-Sobh.

I appears that as of now the Ayatollah is having the upper hand in this power struggle. One question is which side will the military take if it comes to that...

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 06:45 PM
Alredy discussed here
Just a bit misleading with the title, easy to miss.

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 07:07 PM
thats awsome gave me quite the smile and a well done post thanks OP

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 08:34 PM
reply to post by Frogs

Paranoia runs deep in certain circles.

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 09:04 PM
reply to post by SLAYER69

Aye, that it does, that it does.

But - that isn't to say that there might not be some level of justification for it in some of those circles.

posted on May, 6 2011 @ 09:04 AM

Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by Frogs

Paranoia runs deep in certain circles.

Haha so true

posted on May, 6 2011 @ 10:48 AM
reply to post by Frogs

these are just rumors and you are showing us no proof.

posted on May, 6 2011 @ 10:51 AM
reply to post by lifespath420

Well there may actually be something to this...
Ahmadinejad row with Khamenei intensifies

A political dispute between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader is reported to have intensified. Ahmadinejad is said to be contemplating resigning after Heidar Moslehi, the intelligence minister he had sacked, was reinstated by Khamenei. The president is understood to have shirked some of his duties and skipped cabinet meetings for the past ten days in anger over the decision.

Mehrdad Khonsari, an analyst with the Centre for Arab and Iranian Studies in London, told Al Jazeera on Friday that the dispute, which began last month, had become "serious".

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