On October 24, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Islamic Scholars Seyyed-Mostafa Hosseini Tabatabai and his seven followers to a total of 28 years and additional punishments. These followers include Abdolhamid Asoodeh Khaljani, Majid Naseri, Mohsen Rezvan Khaledi, Koroush Moazeni, Alireza Bahadori-Nejad, Reza Rahnama and Mohammad-Hossein Ebnorreza.
On prior occasions, Hosseini-Tabatabai, age 87, has been targeted and harassed by security forces for his Quranic interpretation differing from the Shia clergy’s.
In March 2021, IRGC intelligence arrested Hosseini-Tabatabai and his followers and jailed them for two months in solitary confinement. Then, they were released on a one-billion tomans bail. His Qur’an teaching sessions were also closed by IRGC intelligence.
In June of 2022, following a religious debate with another cleric, he was summoned and interrogated 21 times in two months.
Moreover, five other individuals close to Hosseini-Tabatabai have also been indicted.