Monday, May 20, 2024

Who was Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's late president?

Who was Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's late president?

Following the death of Iran's first supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, Raisi was appointed prosecutor of Tehran.

Member of Iran's 'death commission'

In 1988, due to internal political instability and the Iran-Iraq war, Khomeini ordered a brutal crackdown on dissidents and political prisoners.

Khomeini appointed Raisi to a committee responsible for deciding whether prisoners were disloyal to the government and should be executed. According to human rights organization Amnesty International, at least 5,000 political prisoners were executed based on the decisions made by that committee.

This committee is referred to as the "death commission" by many opponents of the Islamic Republic, and Raisi was known as one of the main human rights violators due to his involvement in it. It also led to the United States imposing sanctions on the future president.

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