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Raelian leader arrested in Turkey after escaping death in Iran


26 Nov, 2009
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The leader of the Raelian Movement in Iran, Negar Azizmoradi, was arrested in Turkey a few days ago after escaping from Iran, where she faced a likely death sentence for declaring herself an atheist

The leader of the Raelian Movement in Iran, Negar Azizmoradi, was arrested in Turkey a few days ago after escaping from Iran, where she faced a likely death sentence for declaring herself an atheist.

Raelians deny the existence of god – any god. Instead, they say that advanced extraterrestrial scientists known as the Elohim created all life on Earth, including humans in their own image.

After she had stated her beliefs publicly in Iran, her native land, Azizmoradi found herself increasingly under surveillance. But the worst was yet to come. More recently, after the last elections, she faced a situation in which she had only two choices: to leave her homeland forever or stay and face arrest and a sure death.

"A few days after her arrival in Turkey, our Iranian leader was arrested because she didn't have a proper passport," said Brigitte Boisselier, official spokesperson of the International Raelian Movement. "Unfortunately, according to our information, she may be sent back to Iran, where she faces certain death for her Raelian beliefs. The 70,000 plus members of the Raelian Movement have mobilized to help her stay alive. They will be demonstrating in front of Turkish embassies worldwide and they will also alert international authorities about this brave woman's predicament."

Boisselier said Azizmoradi became Raelian four years ago.

"Since then, she has very courageously and very actively denounced the Stalinistic, medieval oppression organized by the theocratic Iranian government," Boisselier said. "And she publicly claimed her right to believe there is no god. Despite great personal risk, she told people that the advanced scientists who created us were mistaken for gods by our ancestors and had their teachings distorted leading to the actual Iranian non-sense."


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