In Iran, do they burn witches too?

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( Getty Images photo by Behrouz Mehri / June 14, 2009 ) Times getting tough for Ahmadinejad?

Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery

Iranian power struggle between president and supreme leader sees arrests and claims of undue influence of chief of staff

No kidding. As the story notes:

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".

Uh, the Jesuits taught me metaphysics as part of the philosophy requirement at Marquette University. I guess it was a different kind.

 

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Tags: Iran, politics

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