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19. Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery
Source: The Guardian

Iranian power struggle between president and supreme leader sees arrests and claims of undue influence of chief of staff
Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Thursday 5 May 2011 19.23 BST

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).

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 arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached.

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  -Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery alp227  May-05-11 01:52 PM   #0 
  - Truly bizarre...  BeHereNow   May-05-11 01:57 PM   #1 
  - Someone get a scale and a duck!  Freddie Stubbs   May-05-11 02:01 PM   #2 
  - ha ha.....what the hell are they smoking?  Baclava   May-05-11 03:26 PM   #15 
  - If only someone could cast a spell to make the accusers stop accusing them...  brooklynite   May-05-11 02:02 PM   #3 
  - OMG, where is Ali Baba when you need him?  asjr   May-05-11 02:03 PM   #4 
  - Koo koo. Koo koo  jpak   May-05-11 02:05 PM   #5 
  - Medieval. n/t  Adsos Letter   May-05-11 02:07 PM   #6 
  - Monty Python: "She has a wart!"  rfranklin   May-05-11 02:10 PM   #7 
  - Whats the power struggle about?  iandhr   May-05-11 02:20 PM   #8 
  - It's a classic power struggle over, well, power.  Kber   May-05-11 02:36 PM   #11 
  - Well, I guess those muggles are about to learn the hard way.  sufrommich   May-05-11 02:27 PM   #9 
  - Easy way to know if they are guilty or not, simply throw them off a cliff and see if they fly  no limit   May-05-11 02:28 PM   #10 
  - A picture of Ghaffari  Canuckistanian   May-05-11 02:46 PM   #12 
  - It looks like our ratfucking them is working  AngryAmish   May-05-11 02:55 PM   #13 
  - More RW wacko fundie fanatics doing their nasty thing nt  Zorra   May-05-11 03:04 PM   #14 
  - Is Harry Potter an allie of Mahmoud?  sarcasmo   May-05-11 04:10 PM   #16 
  - Sourcery... and imagine these are govt people in charge of nuke power, etc. nt  flamingdem   May-05-11 04:16 PM   #17 
  - goofey  fascisthunter   May-05-11 04:21 PM   #18 
  - Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery  Turborama   May-06-11 04:21 AM   #19 
  - Eavesdropping on American politics? Nt  xchrom   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #20 
  - *facepalm*  sakabatou   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #21 
  - Indeed.  TheWraith   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #22 
  - You beat me to it. How do you deal with that?  nolabear   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #23 
  - Gee a power struggle between  EC   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #24 
  - We can only hope for a Hamlet style ending to their struggle....  DRex   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #25 
  - Mothra vs. Battra  Art_from_Ark   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #27 
  - No less believable than any other aspect of religion.  AtheistCrusader   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #26 
  - Breaking: Ahmadinejad to resign  Tx4obama   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #28 
  - BWAAAHAHAHAHAHA!  laconicsax   May-06-11 04:22 AM   #29 
  - I can only assume the Guardian published this  dipsydoodle   May-06-11 05:15 AM   #30 
  - We are an interesting species  WatsonT   May-06-11 10:53 AM   #31 

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