For the past eight years the Islamic Republic has been trying to punish a religious leader, Ayatollah Kazemani Boroujerdi, for the crime of expressing “anti-government views.” Boroujerdi is a senior member of the Shia clergy and an advocate for separation of religion and state, and in light of the publication of his new book, the authorities are reportedly working at expediting a death sentence for him. He is slated to die by hanging. – 10/9/2014.