By Iran Probe staff
Saturday, 8 April 2017
As expected, Ebrahim Raisi, one of the main perpetrators behind the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, announced his candidacy for this regime’s sham presidential election.
Solat Mortazavi, mayor of the recently earthquake stricken city of Mashhad in northeast Iran, announced Raisi’s candidacy, according to news wires. Raisi has resigned from his post in the commission supervising over the election, Mortazavi added.
Following these developments, an election coalition supporting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, known as the “Popular Front of Islamic Revolutionary Forces”, appointed Raisi as one of the five leading candidates for the race against the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani.
In the coming days this coalition will be selecting their final candidate, with signs indicating Raisi will enjoy this role.
Who is Ebrahim Raisi?
Ebrahim Rais al-Sadat, aka Raisi, was born in 1960 and appointed by Khamenei as head of the Astan Quds Razavi, in charge of a massive economic empire controlled by Khamenei himself.
In 1981 Raisi was the public prosecutor of two cities, Karaj and Hamedan, and played a key role in the crackdown of dissidents and executing freedom-loving youths throughout the 1980s.
In 1985 Raisi was appointed as Tehran’s deputy public prosecutor, also becoming a member of the notorious “Death Commission” administering the 1988 massacre.
Last year a sound file was made public of Mr. Hossein Ali Montazer, then successor to Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini. In the file, dating back to a meeting held in 1988, Montazeri named Raisi as one of the individuals involved in this crime and described the executions as a stigma for them and the Iranian regime.
Following the 2009 uprisings and the revelation of the regime’s repressive forces committing hideous crimes against the people, Khamenei appointed Raisi as a member of the farce fact-finding mission. This commission’s final report denied all the crimes claimed by the people.
Due to his services in quelling protests and executing dissidents, Raisi was appointed as the judiciary deputy for ten years from 2004 to 2014. From there he went on to serve as the regime’s general public prosecutor from 2014 to 2015. Last March Khamenei appointed him as head of the Astan Quds Razavi.
Raisi is also the son-in-law of Ahmad Alamalhoda, the Friday prayer imam of Mashhad and a known ultraconservative figure in the Iranian regime.
Of course, the record of Raisi’s rival, the incumbent Hassan Rouhani, also enjoys a very dark past. This is exactly why he has remained completely silent about all the regime’s crimes, in which Raisi played a direct role.