Who is Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi?

He was born in 1960 in Mashhad.

Ebrahim Raisi is considered a potential successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Raisi has held various positions within the Iranian judiciary.

Known for his conservative views, Raisi has been accused of sentencing minors to death. According to Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a search operation is ongoing following an accident involving a helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi and other high-ranking officials.

Iranian media reports that the accident occurred near a mountainous area close to Tabriz on Sunday, where poor weather conditions, fog, and rain are hindering the search for the helicopter.

Conservative Views of Ebrahim Raisi.

Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative 63-year-old, served as Chief Justice before becoming Iran’s President in 2021. He has been part of the country’s legal system for three decades and has held several important positions.

Raisi is considered a close confidant of Iran’s Supreme Leader, leading to speculation that he may succeed Khamenei.

Ebrahim Raisi was born in 1960 in Mashhad, Iran. Raised in a Shia family, he received his early education at a seminary in Qom.

Role in the Judiciary.

Ebrahim Raisi actively participated in the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the protests against the Shah of Iran. After the revolution, he gained the trust of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who became Iran’s President in 1981.

At the age of 25, Raisi was appointed as a prosecutor in Iran’s judiciary and also served as the Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran.

In 2017, Raisi ran for the presidential elections but was defeated by Hassan Rouhani, securing 38% of the votes.

U.S. Sanctions and Allegations.

In 2019, then U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Ebrahim Raisi, accusing him of overseeing the execution of individuals who were minors at the time of their crimes. During his tenure, reports of torture and harsh punishments for prisoners were common.

As head of the judiciary, Raisi managed a system criticized for targeting dual citizens and those with ties to the West, allegedly using them as leverage in negotiations.

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