Iran Human RightsCritical cleric arrested in Iran - reports

Critical cleric arrested in Iran – reports

-

Reuters: A senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric who has challenged Iran’s system of clerical rule was arrested on Sunday after his supporters clashed with police outside his house in the Iranian capital, Iranian news agencies reported. TEHRAN (Reuters) – A senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric who has challenged Iran’s system of clerical rule was arrested on Sunday after his supporters clashed with police outside his house in the Iranian capital, Iranian news agencies reported.

Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi was detained with several supporters, Iran’s student news agency ISNA quoted the deputy governor of Tehran, Abdollah Rowshan, as saying.

The Iranian authorities are wary of any challenge, particularly from top clerics, to the system of clerical rule that was established after the 1979 Islamic revolution by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

More than 200 of Boroujerdi’s supporters clashed with police using teargas on Saturday during a protest outside his house, newspapers reported. Some reports said his followers feared the cleric was in imminent danger of arrest.

“All the people, including Boroujerdi, who … caused this issue, were arrested,” Rowshan, who is in charge of security and political affairs, was quoted by ISNA as saying.

Another news agency, ILNA, quoted Rowshan casting doubt on Boroujerdi’s credentials, saying he was not an ayatollah, one of the highest ranks in Shi’ite religious hierarchy.

Police arrested some of the protesters for carrying knives and guns, the office of the Tehran governor said in a statement.

The daily Seday-e Edalat said some protesters had carried knives and lit fires around Boroujerdi’s house in southern Tehran to prevent police approaching. A picture showed police in riot geared lined up near a crowd of people and smoke rising up.

Officials could not be reached for comment.

“We believe that our nation is tired of political religion and they want to return to traditional religion,” Boroujerdi told Iran’s labour news agency ILNA on Saturday.

He said he had written to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Pope Benedict and other leaders asking them “to make efforts to spread traditional religion”, ILNA reported.

Iran has an elected president and parliament, but final authority lies with the supreme leader, currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to “velayat-e faqih”, the system of rule by a religious legal scholar that was propounded by Khomeini.

The supreme leader is chosen by an assembly of elected clerics.

Some traditional Shi’ite Muslim clerics hold that religious leaders should not have a political role.

A senior police officer was quoted as saying Boroujerdi had said he was a representative of the “hidden” 12th Imam, who Shi’ite Muslims revere, and this prompted some people to make donations.

“This is misinterpreting religion and is sheer lies,” the police officer was quoted by Seday-e Edalat as saying.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Response to Protests Censorship and Violence

The Iranian regime’s leadership has reacted to the ongoing wave of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, the...

Iran’s New Generation Seeks Nothing but Regime Change

In a silly and desperate statement, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed that nothing special is going...

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

What Is Happening in Iran?

Following the brutal killing of Masha Amini, the Iranian people have once again united to fight and defeat the...

Must read

Iran’s Society Will Not Tolerate New Crises

The accumulation of problems in Iran’s society has strengthened...

New year party gets political on streets of Tehran

The Guardian: At first the ear-splitting explosions, blazing bonfires...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you