An Iranian dissident has been sentenced to read three books and re-write them word by word after calling the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a despot and demanding a national protest to end this rule.
Abulfazl Ghadiani, 74, a founding member of the banned reformist Mujahedin of Islamic Revolution Organisation has already served several years behind bars for his fierce criticism of Iran’s Supreme Leader, accusing him of “betraying the Islamic Revolution’s ideals of freedom and justice through his thirst for power and dictatorial rule”.
The books that Mr Ghadiani has been ordered to read are The Story of Winter by Arab author Saeed Akeff, The Story of Sistan Province and How to Identify Your Enemy, both written by Ayatollah Khamenei.
The unusual sentence which also includes an extra three years of prison for Mr Ghadiani, came one day after Ayatollah Khamenei appointed hardliner cleric Ebrahim Raeesi as Iran’s new chief judge.
Mr Raeesi appointment has met with domestic and international protest for his past role in ordering the execution of hundreds of Iranian political prisoners without trial in the 1980s.
Amnesty has named the bloody purges as “crime against humanity” and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.
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Yesterday more than 100 Iranian civil rights activists issued a statement and described Mr Raeesi’s appointment as “rubbing slat in the wounds of thousands of Iranian families who have lost their beloved ones at the hands of him”.
Mr Raeesi fought and lost against Hassan Rouhani in Iran’s 2016 presidential elections.
“We did not make a revolution to see Mr Khamenei ruling our country as a dictator for 30”, Mr Ghadiani has said in his latest criticism of Khamenei.
The sentence has already been slammed by the office for publication of Ayatollah Khamenei’s memoirs as “counter productive”.
Source » telegraph