Iran president Ebrahim Raisi,dead in helicopter crash

Iran president Ebrahim Raisi,dead in helicopter crash

Iran president Ebrahim Raisi, has been confirmed dead following a helicopter crash on Sunday in the mountainous and forested area of the country due to poor weather.

The 63 year old perished along with the Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Governor of Eastern Azerbaijan province Malek Rahmati, Tabriz’s Imam Mohammad Ali Alehashem,Pilot, Copilot, Crew Chief, Head of Security and the Bodyguard.

Raisi a leader of conservative and hardline faction in Iran, had served as the country’s president for nearly 3 years and was yet to seek for another term of office.

Ebrahim was born in Mashhad, a significant religious center of Shia Muslims in Northeast Iran. He received a religious education and trained at the seminary in Qom, studying under notable scholars including Khemenei.

Raisi gained experience as a prosecutor in various regions before moving to Tehran in 1985. In the capital, human rights organizations report that he was a member of a judicial committee responsible for overseeing the executions of political prisoners.

The late president served for many years in the Assembly of Experts, the group responsible for selecting a new supreme leader upon the current leader’s death.

In 2014, he was appointed attorney general, a position he held for two years before Khamenei appointed him to head the Astan Quds Razavi. This enormous charitable trust, with assets worth billions, manages the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia imam.


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