Iranian Presidential Administration's arrested official released
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 22 / Trend /
Iran's Preachers Association head Abbas Amirifar, who wasarrested due to his assistance to a film "The Return Is Close", has bee released, /mashreghnews.ir/ and /tabnak.ir/ news portals, which are close to Iran's ruling conservatives' camp, reported.
Amirifar was arrested in mid May.
A film "The Return Is Close" was demonstrated a few months ago. The film reflects signs of return of Imam Mehdi, who is regarded as the twelfth Imam of Shiites. Shiites believe that Imam Mehdi (born in 868) is living a secret life as the God wants and one day he will return to ensure justice in the world.
Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was identified as the incarnation of Sayyid Khurasani, while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the incarnation of Shuaib bin Saleh. Shiites believe that these two individuals will help Imam Mehdi to save the world from oppression and violence. Many influential religious figures in Iran, including Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi, have expressed strong protest against the film and its demonstration.
MEHR news agency reported earlier that former head of the Iranian Presidential Administration Isfandiar Rahim Mashai appointed Amirifar as a member of the Council on Culture of the Presidential Administration in May last year.
Many media outlets, close to Iran's ruling conservatives' camp, state that a film about Imam Mehdi has been funded by Mashai.
Mashai has not expressed his opinion in this regard yet.