On July 10th, Iran held final closed-door court session for Mohammad Ali Taheri at branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh on the same charge of Corruption on Earth.
According to Mr. Taheri’s lawyer (interview link below), a few thousands documents and evidence were presented to the court as Mr Taheri’s last defense.
Mohammad Ali Taheri submitted a written defense to the court titled “Mohammad Ali Taheri’s defense and explanations in response to the false and mendacious indictment”.
The court was held under strict security measures, and Sarallah members (a division of the Revolutionary Guards) and Mr Taheri’s interrogator, Rahimi were among the few people present at the court session.
Sarallah is using Mr. Taheri’s writings and teachings and the documentary called “Satan’s ring” [Halghe Sheytan in Farsi] as evidence of him spreading “corruption on earth”. The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) station had aired the Satan’s ring on different IRIB channels several times before Mr Taheri’s previous court session. The documentary is a one hour propaganda video featuring alleged former students of Taheri calling for his execution for his alleged promotion of “anti-Islamic” view.
On July 11, Gholam Hossein Esmaeili, head of Tehran’s justice department, confirmed Mohammad Ali Taheri’s court by stating that: “Yesterday, Mohammad Ali Taheri’s court was held and the last defense was made.” He added: “in case the court does not need to make any further enquiries, the verdict will be announced soon.”