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Iran’s biggest serial killer?: A look at president Ebrahim Raisi’s role massacre of 30000 prisoners



Arya Bhoomi Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi has died in a helicopter crash. Ibrahim Raisi comes to power by winning the presidential election in 2021. Before joining politics, Ibrahim Raisi was a judge in the judiciary. The world calls him executioner, not judge. Ibrahim Raisi is also called the merchant of death.

In 1988, Ibrahim Raisi was the chief judge of the “Judges of Death Committee”. Ibrahim Raisi sentenced 30,000 political prisoners to death. Political prisoners were executed by hanging them on cranes. It took several days. Today Ibrahim Raisi went to the place where he had sent 30,000 prisoners. 30,000 prisoners request that Ibrahim Raisi be treated better.

Note: I don’t know whether Israel is involved in this accident or not. But Ibrahim Raisi’s actions definitely played a role.



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Iran’s biggest serial killer? A look at president Ebrahim Raisi’s role massacre of 30000 prisoners


Raisi was part of the ‘death commission’ which, according to some estimates, oversaw the execution of over 30,000 prisoners. The order was issued by Ayatollah Khomeini through a ‘secret fatwa’. Many of those killed were participating in “peaceful protests”

On 13 November 2022, Iran issued the first death sentence linked to the ongoing nationwide protests.


This led rights groups to warn that jailed demonstrators risked “execution”.

According to non-profit human rights activists in Iran, over 15,000 people have been arrested in connection with the demonstrations that began in September following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by the infamous morality police.


Iran has experienced several cases of persecution of prisoners, the bloodiest of which occurred in 1988.


One of the four prosecutors who were part of the so-called ‘death commission’ that oversaw the execution of thousands of prisoners that year, Ebrahim Raisi is currently the president of Iran.

The order to execute the prisoners was issued directly by Iran’s first supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, through a ‘secret fatwa’.

Raisi played a significant role in the massacre, which was described as the worst in Iran both in terms of deaths and the subsequent cover-up by the authorities.

To this day, the Iranian government continues to defend the massacre as an ‘execution of terrorists.’ It has also not revealed the exact number of those killed, and the families of the victims continue to fight for justice.


According to Khomeini’s deputy Hussein-Ali Montazeri, between 2,800 and 3,800 prisoners were killed, but some estimates put the number at 30,000.

Before we delve into Raisi’s involvement, let’s look at how the extrajudicial executions took place and who the victims were.

What happened

According to a 1990 report by Amnesty International, the massacre was “premeditated”.

It all started in July 1988. Amnesty said that “thousands of prisoners were suddenly cut off from the outside world”. Prisons across Iran halted family visits and inmates were denied access to television and radio.


In the coming days, thousands of prisoners were tortured before being executed on false charges. Some dissidents were forced to disappear before being killed.



Isolated from the outside world and even from their fellow prisoners, several prisoners did not know what fate awaited them.


In Nasser Mohajer’s book Voices of the Massacre, one of the survivors, Mahnaz Said, recalls that the prisoners learned of the execution of the prisoner after overhearing a conversation between members of the Revolutionary Guards in the prison.

“None of those who were called (for questioning) came back,” she said.

Who were the prisoners and why were they killed

The prisoners included men, women and children. While some were dissidents, some were religious minorities.


According to Amnesty, many of those imprisoned were involved in “peaceful activities such as distributing opposition leaflets and participating in demonstrations”.

In fact, the prisoners had already served long sentences.

Many of the victims were reportedly supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, or PMOI, which attempted to overthrow the Islamic Republic in the final stages of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). The Iranian armed forces managed to repulse the attack.

Soon after the military success, officials began hunting PMOI supporters. But not all of them belonged to the PMOI.



Prisoners were questioned about their political and religious affiliation.

“In the “retrials” they faced, the first group was asked their political affiliation – those who answered “Mojahedin” were sent to their deaths. Some were asked if they were willing to clear minefields for the Islamic Republic Army. A second group was asked about their religious beliefs – again, a wrong answer led to a death sentence,” the Amnesty report said.

The murders became public knowledge after prison visits resumed and families flocked to the prison to be reunited with their loved ones.


How the public learned about the murders



According to relatives of the victims, while officials told them about the death of their loved ones, the nature of the death was not revealed.

“The Revolutionary Guards called my father into their office… There they took him into a room and sat him down on a chair.” After this the clerk came in, placed a bag on the table, and said, ‘Here is your son’s bag; we executed him. Now take his things and get out.” Amnesty quoted Jafar La’li, whose brother Jamshid La’li was executed.

Several families were misled by prison officials and learned of the murders through former inmates.

Many still don’t even know where their loved ones are buried.



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Raisi defends his role in the massacre

This brings us to Raisi’s role. At the time of the massacre, Raisi was the deputy prosecutor of Tehran. He was part of a ‘death commission’ that decided whether prisoners should be executed or not, an Iranian human rights report said.


After becoming Iran’s president in 2021, Raisi defended his role in the executions.

“Those who accuse must be said that today we are prosecutors as defenders of human rights. All the measures I have taken during my posts have always been to defend human rights against those who violated human rights,” Iran Human Rights quoted him as saying.

Raisi even added that he should be “praised for defending people’s rights”.

Meanwhile, victims’ families and human rights groups continue to fight for justice both domestically and internationally.


In January 2022, more than 450 former UN judges and investigators called on the UN human rights organization to open an investigation into the 1988 executions, as well as Raisi’s role in them.


Note – SD24 News does not confirm this information. From the information published in this article SD24 (news source ; 01 and 02)

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