Let’s apply Iran’s sharia standards to its own mullahs
Life in Iran is difficult for most people, but it can hardly get worse for unlucky boys studying sharia law at the Hozeh Elmieh seminary in the holy city of Qom.
A courageous person with a conscience at the seminary shot a 60-second video clandestinely from behind a wooden screen to document what appears to be a repeat crime.
More than two weeks ago, PoliticalWarfare.org received a copy of this video from the Iranian internal opposition, and in making a still for this page, we covered a strategic section of the image as shown. I hesitated since that time to post news of the video, but decided that it would be an injustice to remain silent about it.
Several Iranian dissident sites posted the video, but the hosting companies ordered the video removed because of its upsetting content. The unobscured video appeared June 7 on HolyCrime.com, an Iranian human rights website that documents the crimes of the mullahs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. As of today, that video was still online.
We know that the video was shot at the Hozeh Elmieh Seminary in Qom, Iran. We do not know the name of the mullah, but he is identifiable as a Shi’ite clergyman by his white turban, known as an amameh. The mullah is not wearing the amameh on his head. He is using it as kneepads while raping the boy. Judging by the boy’s demeanor, this incident does not appear to be the first time he was sexually assaulted.
The mullah is also wearing a long robe called a ghaba, which Shi’ite clergy wear to symbolize the righteousness of the prophet Mohammed.
The person who shot the video, apparently via cell phone, held the lens at a 90 degree angle through the slats in the screen.
We are not implying that the crime is in any way typical of mullahs, but we do believe it is evidence of the impunity with which corrupt mullahs can operate in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, sodomy, homosexual sex, rape, and child molestation are capital crimes. The punishment for such crimes is death by hanging.
The Islamic Republic of Iran today has special Islamic courts, called Dadgahe Vizheh Rohaniyat, to try mullahs who are accused of crimes. We know of no instance where a mullah has been accused of a crime of sodomy, homosexual sex, rape or child molestation, or where a mullah was executed under a verdict from the court.
PoliticalWarfare.org is posting a link to the HolyCrime.com video as proof of crimes committed under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s unchecked powers, to demonstrate the impunity of corrupt mullahs, and to help seek justice for the boy and other victims of the regime. We’re also posting it because we have urged the US military to publicize similar crimes evidenced among the videos captured from insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. We noted previously how a mullah in Pakistan publicized videos of the Haqqani Network faction of the Taliban raping women and girls, and how the mullah issued a fatwa against the Haqqani faction for the crimes. We also noted the article in the current issue of The Atlantic which urged similar revelations against our holier-than-thou adversaries.
The video appears rotated clockwise at a 90 degree angle, due to the way in which the camera was held.
WARNING: THE VIDEO IS A WITNESS TO A HORRIBLE CRIME AGAINST A CHILD. THE UNCENSORED IMAGE IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING.
We could post a direct link to the video or embed it in this page, but don’t want to sensationalize the issue or make the video too easy to see. For those who feel they should view it, here’s how to find it: Go to HolyCrime.com, and click on the gray “I Agree” box under the warning on the homepage. Then, in the left-hand navigation column, click on the gray box called “Crime Documents.” Scroll down to the bottom of the “Crime Documents” menu and click on the item titled “Crime of Ayatollah!” A black video box will appear in the center of the page. Click on that box and the 60-second video will play. The yellow graphic figure at the beginning of the video is the logo of the hosting company on whose server the video resides; it has no political or religious significance.