Allies of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been been accused of using ‘black magic’ to keep the leader in power.
Twenty-five people close to the leader, including the chief off staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have reportedly been arrested and charged with being ‘magicians’ and invoking spirits to try and influence his policy.
A growing power struggle between the president and the nation’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is dominating Iranian politics and has led some MPs to call for the president to be impeached.
The supreme leader of Iran, the holy leader, is described as the ‘actual president of Iran.’
One Iranian newspaper said one of the men arrested had ‘special skills in metaphysics and connections with unknown worlds.’
Sorcery appears to have become involved in the battle for power after an Iranian documentary alleged the Hidden Imam Mahdi, revered saviour of Shia Islam would be returning imminently – the equivalent in Christianity to the second coming of Jesus, the Guardian newspaper reports.