A presidential candidate’s dark past.

6 days ago

As Iran prepares for the June 18 presidential election, citizens are recounting the torture and abuse they suffered at the hands of one of the candidates, Ebrahim Raisi, the current head of the judiciary.

A presidential candidate's dark past.

He is accused of playing a major role in the mass murder of Iranian political prisoners in 1988. It is alleged that he was a member of the so-called “death commission” at Evin and Gohardasht prisons.

According to first-hand accounts, Raisi was a prosecutor sentencing people to death. At the time of the 1988 executions, he was only 21 years old and had limited education.

Ali Safavi, of the foreign affairs committee of the Paris-based NCRI, told Arab News, “The expected presidency of a mass murderer like Raisi exposes the real and evil nature of the medieval theocracy ruling Iran.”

He added: “For more than four decades, Western powers have disguised appeasement of the mullahs under the guise of empowering illusory moderates to the detriment of the Iranian people and regional peace and stability.

This is no longer justified. The time has come for the international community to condemn the sham elections and hold the Iranian regime and its criminal leaders, such as Raisi, accountable for numerous crimes against humanity.