Member of the “1988 Massacre Death Commission” Appointed As Head of Iran Judiciary

Member of the “1988 Massacre Death Commission” Appointed As Head of Iran Judiciary

Published by on March 4, 2019

Ebrahim Raisi who was involved in extra-judicial killings of political prisoners in the late 1988 in Iran will be Iran’s next Judiciary Chief, replacing Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

The spokesperson for Iran’s Judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, has confirmed that Raisi who is considered a person who is trusted by Khamenei is appointed as the head of the Judiciary.

He added that he will continue to work with the Judiciary under Raisi.

Raisi was a member of Khomeini’s “Death Commission” of the mass murder of political and human rights supporter prisons in 1988 (1988 Massacre).

The Death Committees were formed based on a fatwa by Khomeini calling for the elimination of all political prisoners who continued to support their opposition political parties.

As Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran at the time, Raisi sat on most of the Death Committee sessions in the capital and has been identified by numerous survivors as a key decision maker in ordering the executions.

He was also named by Khomeini’s former deputy, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who broke with the regime and published the text of Khomeini’s hand-written fatwa in his memoires.

Raisi is a close confidant of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and has even been tipped as a possible successor to him. Currently Raisi is the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the wealthiest charity foundation in charge of Iran’s holiest shrine in Mashhad, northwestern Iran, with very close ties to Khamenei’s powerhouse.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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