The power struggle in Iran is getting more heated -- and just plain weird -- as staff members close to president Mahmoud Ahmandinejad have been arrested over -- get this -- using magic and enlisting the help of Djinn (you know, genies, like the ones you rub out of a bottle).
Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds..."
[...] the feud [between president Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamene, Iran's supreme leader,] has taken a metaphysical turn following the release of an Iranian documentary alleging the imminent return of the Hidden Imam Mahdi -- the revered saviour of Shia Islam, whose reappearance is anticipated by believers in a manner comparable to that with which Christian fundamentalists anticipate the second coming of Jesus.
Conservative clerics, who say that the Mahdi's return cannot be predicted, have accused a "deviant current" within the president's inner circle, including Mashaei, of being responsible for the film.
[...] Ahmadinejad's obsession with the hidden imam is well known. He often refers to him in his speeches and in 2009 said that he had documentary evidence that the US was trying to prevent Mahdi's return.
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