Iran: The Purge of the Hojatieh Societyfamilysecuritymatters / Gary H. Johnson, Jr.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s defiance of Ayatollah Khameini, Iran’s
Supreme Leader, is no laughing matter. An 11-day strike by President
Ahmadinejad has ended with the arrest of 25 of his associates on the
charge of sorcery – a charge which carries the penalty of death.
Ahmadinejad’s Chief of Staff, Esfandiar Rahim Masheia, lies at the heart of the controversy. Rumor has it that “Mashaei
allegedly occasionally enters a trance-like state to communicate with
the Twelfth Imam or will sometimes randomly say ‘hello’ to no one at all
and then explain that the Twelfth Imam just passed by.”
Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".
the 2009 elections, Ayatollah Khameini rejected Ahmadinejad’s decision
to raise Mashaei to the position of First Vice President. Ahmadinejad
eventually relented and made him Chief of Staff.
...........by yolanda on Sat May 07, 2011 07:27 AM PDT
Thank you for posting........a very informative and intriguing article!
I can't believe that they use the word "sorcery"........but any weird stuff can come out of IRI!
It is funny that the article said they "engineered" the chaos by firing people to pave the way for Mahdi's return:"Tradition holds that the Mahdi will return to the earth in a time of great chaos. The Hojatieh Society believes this chaos can be engineered. In that strain, the forced resignation of Larijani on the nuclear negotiation front in October 2007 as well as the firing of Foreign Minister Mottaki in December 2010 foreshadowed the attempt to kick Minister Moslehi to the curb in April 2011."