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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:21 AM
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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.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/05/ahmadinejad...
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