The shadow of Khamenei
Saturday 09/March/2019 - 02:06 PM
Ibrahim Raeisi: The man at the head of Iranian judiciary
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Ibrahim Raeisi as head of the judiciary and called on him to start a strong phase in line with the second step on the path of the revolution, the IRNA news agency reported.
Khamenei explained that the reason for choosing Raeisi for this post is due to his judicial diligence, knowledge, experience and efficiency. He has long experience in the judiciary and knows all its angles.
Man of Death
He was born in 1961 to a religious family in the northeastern city of Mashhad. He lost his father when he was five years old. After completing his primary education, he joined the scientific estate at Mashhad before moving to the city of Qom, where he received his studies at the Haqqani school, which has graduates of the most hardline clerics in the current regime, headed by Khamenei.
Raeisi came into the Iranian judiciary just a few years after the Khomeinist revolution overthrew former Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979. He took over the post of public prosecutor in Hamadan a year later, and stayed in that position for five years. Then, he became Assistant to the Iranian Attorney General.
He was a member and a judge in the death committees that was formed on the basis of a fatwa issued by former Iranian leader Khomeini. The death committees executed 30,000 opponents in 1988 and one of the most prominent Iranian officials on European sanctions list for years for extensive human rights violations.
Raeisi’s star has emerged since the Iranian leader appointed him in March 2016 as the custodian of the holy shrine, which is the supervisor of the Astan Qods Radavi Foundation, which runs the endowments of the shrine of Imam Ali bin Musa.
Before becoming the head of the judiciary, he held three positions under the direct order of Khamenei, a member of the Assembly of Experts and deputy general of the Special Clerics' Court.