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Iran Focus (iranfocus.com), 4 May 2006
Iran sentences 52 Sufis and their lawyers to jail, flogging
Tehran, Iran, May 04 – Dozens of Islamic mystics and
their lawyers have been sentenced to jail and flogging, a
state-run daily reported on Thursday.
Altogether, 52 Islamic mystics, or Sufis, were sentenced to jail
time and flogging and received a fine, the daily Kargozaran
They were charged with “disrupting public order”.
They were from among 1,000 Sufis who were arrested in February
for taking part in anti-government riots in the holy city of Qom,
south of Tehran.
Their two lawyers, Farshid Yadollahi and Omid Behrouzi, were also
sentenced to one year behind bars and 74 lashes and fined 10
million Rials ($1,000). Both of the men were also barred from
working as lawyers for five years.
Islamic mystics, or Sufis, focus on the direct perception of
Truth or God through mystic practices based on divine love.
Sufism, common to both Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam, has its
roots in Iran. Its followers oppose Iran’s ruling theocracy
on spiritual grounds.
In February, police arrested some one thousand Sufis as clashes
broke out after the place of worship used by the mystics was
demolished on government orders.
Hundreds were injured during the clashes after police fired
teargas and used truncheons to attack the demonstrating Sufis.
Following the clashes, Iran Focus published a partial list of