Ahmadinejad 'Bewitched' by Magician Adviser

An influential former supporter of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, told the Iranian magazine Shoma that the president has been acting "unnaturally" due to a spell that was cast by his main adviser, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.

Yazdi told the magazine, "I am almost certain that he has been bewitched." Last month, a friend of Mashaei's was arrested on suspicion of being "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds." Is poor Ahmadinejad in danger? Yazdi seems to think there is hope, telling the magazine, "We must make the infatuated person [Ahmadinejad] aware of his mistakes and save him — that is if only natural causes are involved." In that case, never mind. He's going to be just fine.

[Washington Post; image via Getty]