Iran: Gonabadi dervish, sentenced to prison
Mohammad Nouri, a member of Iran’s Dervish community, was sentenced to three months behind bars for allegedly “spreading lies.”
It is worth noting that “spreading lies” is one of the most common charges raised against those with beliefs against the mullahs ruling Iran. As a result, the definitions of some of charges under the Iran’s law are actually in contrast to their literal meanings.
Nouri is from Ghaemshahr, northern Iran, and graduated from a Islamic seminary. He was once sentenced to be defrocked and banned from attending Dervish gatherings for five years, and sentenced again by the 10th branch of the Mazandaran special clerical court to three months behind bars for “spreading lies.”