Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual movement and practitioner of alternative medicine, was charged by the Revolutionary Court for the crime of "corruption on earth".
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the death penalty for peacefully exercising freedom of expression and religion is a clear violation of international human rights law.
He called on Iran to immediately withdraw the charges and ensure Mr Taheri's unconditional release.
Daniel Johnson has been speaking to OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.
IRAN WATCH CANADA:
News coming from Iran indicates that ,Mr. Mohammad Ali Taheri died under torture in prison and that,s why the Islamic regime in Iran hastily publicized or announced his death sentence, but this news is not been verified by judiciary spokesperson Mr. Ejeie....
The latest news is that, Mr. Mohammad Ali Taheri's lawyer, Mr. Alizadeh Tabatabaei on Tuesday rejected the rumors about Mr. Taheri's death and said, his health condition is okay and hope the Superior court will quash the death sentence against his client.