Who is Ebrahim Raisi?

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[The program profiles Ebrahim Raisi, current candidate for presidential election. His career in the Islamic Republic’s judiciary system and his role in 1988 massacre are among the issues covered.]

Host introduces the focal point of the program: 17 March 2016, by Khamenei’s mandate, custodianship of Astan Quds Razavi—one of the biggest economic foundations in Iran— was given to Ebrahim Raisi. In public opinion, there was only one sentence. The sentence said and repeated by everyone was that Raisi received the reward for a lifetime of murders and crimes. Who is Ebrahim Raisi? What’s his job? What is his education? How did he get promoted in the regime of ignorance and crimes created by velayat-e-faqih’s [Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist]? In today’s program, we will talk about this and more.

Narrator starts with basic information about Raisi’s life and education: Ebrahim Raisi al-Sadat, commonly known as Ebrahim Raisi, was born in 1960 in Noghan district of Mashhad. When he was 5, he lost his father. His early education was in Javadieh School. When he was 15, he went to Qom’s seminary school. Until the victory of anti-monarchy revolution in Iran, he continued his studies in this seminary and Haghani School.

Host questions Raisi’s PhD: If we go to the Internet and read some documents in relation to Raisi, we will see it written that he has PhD in Islamic jurisprudence and law. But it is not written how without getting high-school diploma and any theoretical education, he could have entered a university. It is obvious that his degree is fake. Now let us see how Raisi started his career.

Narrator talks of how Raisi found his way into the judiciary system: Raisi was one the seminary students in Haghani School who was elected by Beheshti for shaping the clergy’s formation. He even did not finish completely the intensive courses which were held by Beheshti, Khamenei and other clerics for training judges and prosecutors. And he went to Masjed Soleyman for taking part in people’s oppression. From the very beginning, he obviously proved his own atrocity. And in 1980, when he was only 20 years old, he became assistant district attorney in Karaj, and after a few months, by the order of Ghodosi, he became Karaj’s prosecutor.

Host continues: It is interesting to know that after a while that he was Karaj’s prosecutor, he became Hamadan’s prosecutor, while keeping his position in Karaj. It means that from 300-kilometer distance and by remote control, he was involved in murders and crimes. Because he had quite proved his wickedness during those years, he got promoted in the hierarchy of crimes in 1985, and became the so-called revolutionary court’s prosecutor in Tehran. Because he was a good at murdering, he came to Khomeini’s attention. And in 1988, independent from what was going on in the regime, he received direct mandates from Khomeini for crimes in Lorestan, Kermanshah, and Semnan. But as for his major crime.

Narrator says how the release of Montazeri’s audio file proved Raisi’s role in 1988 massacre: An audio file was released by Ahmad Montazeri, son of Ayatollah Montazeri, about 15 August 1988. It is about a meeting with ‘death delegation’ which included Hosseinali Nayeri as then Sharia Judge, Morteza Eshraghi as the then Prosecutor, Mostafa Pourmahammadi the then Representative of Intelligence Ministry from Evin prison, and Ebrahim Raisi the then Tehran’s Prosecutor. In this file, Mr. Montazeri calls these executions as the biggest crime committed in the Islamic Republic since the beginning of the revolution. He says that half a century from now, people will say that Mr. Khomeini was a bloodthirsty and foul-mouthed figure, and people will be disgusted with velayat-e-faqih. And in another part, he tells those present at the meeting that your names will be written as criminals in the history. Ebrahim Raisi’s name is recorded in Khomeini’s mandates for that massacre. In this massacre, more than 30,000 political prisoners who were mainly from MEK [People’s Mujahedin of Iran] were sentenced to death in unfair courts, and were murdered.

Host talks of how Raisi has never denied his role in 1988 massacre: Even after disclosure of this audio file, Ebrahim Raisi did not deny anything. However, in his own website and his biography, he does not mention this period, and skips it. But everybody knows that Raisi, at the age of 29, was one of the members of ‘death delegation’ and has had a hand in death of more than 30,000 political prisoners.

Narrator focuses on Raisi’s positions after Khomeini’s death: After Khomeini’s death, Raisi was appointed to the position of Tehran’s prosecutor. And until 1994, he was in that position for 5 years. From 1994 to 2004, he was head of General Inspection Office of the country for 10 years.

After that, for one more decade and until 2014, he was the first deputy of chief justice of Iran in Velayat-e-Faqih’s regime. And from 2014 to 2015, he was the country’s Attorney-General. His other positions include head of General Attorney Office for Special Clerical Court, to which he was appointed from 2012 by Khamenei’s mandate.

Host emphasizes on Raisi’s role during 2009 Green Movement: During 2009 rebellion, Raisi was the first deputy of chief justice of Iran, which means he had a direct role in murders and crimes of that period. And he was so enthusiastic for oppressing people that even two years later, he said such things:

TV anchor says: The first deputy of chief justice of Iran: “We will not allow the enemies to breathe.” Mr. Raisi who had gone to Hamadan for introducing new head of justice department in this city, said, “With cooperation of security and intelligence services, we are determined to provide security in the country, and we will not allow the enemies—who are after making the country insecure— to breathe.”

Host concludes: Yes, he has always been busy taking people’s breaths. What was the reward for this record of endless crimes? Yes, you are right: custodianship of Astan Quds Razavi. In 2015, when Vaez Tabasi died, Khamenei by a mandate gave this huge economic foundation to Raisi. Why? Because Raisi is his own trained dog, and Khamenei wants to reward him for all those crimes and murders, and also preserve his own unconditional dominance over this financial empire. It should be mentioned that even now, Raisi has a lot of positions, such as Special Prosecutor for clerics, membership in the board of directors of regime’s Experts Council, and membership in central council of a clerics’ formation called Tehran’s Combatant Clergy Association. Of course, there are many speculations that after Khamenei’s death, Raisi will have a good chance for replacing Khamenei. And this time, Khameni’s rule which came out of engineering the 1988 massacre will be taken over by one of the members of ‘death delegation.’ Yes, Raisi is a full-fledged executioner— a cruel, atrocious murderer whose crimes cannot be all retold in this program. But let us say that all executioners ruling over our country are the same—the same disgusting agents of velayat-e-faqih. Until next program, goodbye.