Iran: Outspoken Ayatollah Alleges Official Persecution

PRAGUE, October 6, 2006 (RFE/RL) — A dissident Iranian cleric who advocates the separation of religion and politics, Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, is accusing officials of persecuting him and his followers. Boroujerdi claims dozens of his supporters have been arrested and taken to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in recent weeks. The ayatollah told RFE/RL that he has appealed for help from international figures that include the pope and EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana.Ayatollah Boroujerdi says that in the past 14 years, he has been summoned on numerous occasions to the Special Court for Clergy and spent months in prison. He claims he still suffers from health problems stemming from torture he was subjected to in prison.
 
“I was in prison in 1995 for several months. Then, in 2001, I was also arrested several times — they confiscated two of my mosques,” Boroujerdi says. “It’s ridiculous — an establishment that says it is Islamic confiscates an active and open mosque. In 1979, the marjah at that time, Mr. Golpayegani, put me in charge of the Hematabad mosque. Only a few people used to go to that mosque — but in 2001, when they took it away from me, many people were coming there. We always faced a lack of space for prayers.”

Some other RFE/RL articles on Iran:

[October 4, 2006] Detained Christian Couple’s Family Seeks Answers

[October 3, 2006] Brothers Change The Face Of HIV, Drug-Addiction Treatment

[October 2, 2006] State Media Control Extends To Provinces, Airwaves

[September 29, 2006] Government Strengthens Its Control Of The Internet

[September 29, 2006] Government Pressures Student Activists

[September 26, 2006] Government Tightens Clamps On Press

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Gateway Pundit, In The Bullpen, Regime Change Iran

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