A NOTORIOUS cleric poised to be named Iran’s next leader is a torturing killer who will spread terror and bloodshed across the world, claim those who say they suffered at his hands.
Ebrahim Raisi, 60, is the runaway favourite of seven contenders battling it out to replace sitting president Hassan Rouhani, 72, in an election due to be held this Friday.
The Sun Online can reveal the hardliner allegedly ordered the torture of pregnant women, had prisoners thrown off cliffs, had people flogged with electric cords, and has overseen countless other brutal acts of violence.
The so-called “Butcher of 1988” is the favoured choice of the Islamic Republic's ruthless regime with the Iranian press now calling him the "unrivalled candidate".
As head of Iran's judiciary, the traditionalist cleric is a close ally of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose confidence he has gained after holding key positions of power over four decades.
Activists, however, hold a very different view of Raisi because of his alleged involvement in the mass execution and horrific torture of political prisoners in the 1980s.
It's reported that he was a key member of the so-called "Death Commission" which ordered thousands to be killed in the massacre of 1988.
In 1980, at the age of just 20, Raisi was appointed prosecutor of the revolutionary court of Karaj, west of Tehran, and by 1988 he had been promoted deputy prosecutor of Tehran.
He then became one of four individuals selected to carry out the slaughter of imprisoned activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).
Some 30,000 men, women and children held in prisons all over Iran were lined up against the wall and shot within just a few months, say those battling to oust the regime.
Horrors of Iran’s ‘next president’ Ebrahim ‘The Butcher’ Raisi who tortured pregnant women & threw people off cliffs
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