Death sentence of Iranian doctor "absolute outrage"

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Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The death sentence of an alternative medicine doctor in Iran has been called an "absolute outrage" by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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.

Duration: 3'00"

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