Hamidreza Zarifinia

Ayatollah Massacre in the Black Clutches of Fate

Ebrahim Raisi, one of the most ruthless and notorious senior officials of the Islamic Republic regime and a criminal against humanity, without being tried in a competent court, met a fate in an air accident that he had recently predicted in a fortune reading for the President of Turkey.

The death of Ebrahim Raisi, the president who came to power in the spring of 2021 through a sham and engineered election in the Islamic Republic of Iran, received relatively wide coverage in global news and political circles.

File: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the city of Kerman, Iran, January 5, 2024 (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

On May 20, 2024, while returning from a border area in the Republic of Azerbaijan, he was involved in a deadly air accident. He, along with the governor and Friday prayer leader of Tabriz, as well as Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, were killed.

Regardless of the controversies surrounding his death, this event caused many freedom-loving Iranians around the world to express joy over his demise. Several governments close to the Islamic Republic regime, such as Russia, Syria, and North Korea, as well as global appeasement organizations like the European Union and the United Nations Security Council, which has recently become an ineffective organization, sent messages of condolence and sympathy for his and his companions’ deaths and observed moments of silence in his honour. However, many bereaved families of the Islamic Republic’s crimes, as well as some people in Gaza and Syria whose lives and loved ones were destroyed due to the mullahs’ warmongering, distributed sweets and rejoiced over Ebrahim Raisi’s death.

File – Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during their meeting in the Kremlin on December 7, 2023, in Moscow. (Sergei Bobylyov/Pool/AFP)
In this photo released by the Iranian Presidency Office, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, right, shakes hands with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh at his office in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2024. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

In Iran, Ebrahim Raisi was known as a loyal follower and a puppet of Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, and the Revolutionary Guards. He rarely had any unique ideas and mostly reiterated what the dictator leader of Iran stated in different words.

His lack of authority and the symbolic nature of his presence as president in Iran were so apparent that during the two-year unrest in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini and the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement, none of the protesters’ slogans in the streets targeted him. Everyone knew that Raisi played the role of a puppet for the Revolutionary Guards and Khamenei, and his presence or absence had no impact on the continuation or cessation of the destructive policies of the Islamic Republic regime.

A Black Turban with a Dark Record!

Iranian dissidents protest against President Ebrahim Raisi’s appearance at the United Nations, New York City, September 20, 2022. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

Many speak of Raisi’s dark history in the killing and slaughter of opponents in Iran. Nearly half a century ago, he served as a judge and prosecutor of death during the Iranian revolution, and his name was prominently associated with the so-called “Death Committee” of 1988.

In the summer of 1988, Raisi was a member of the committee tasked with “cleansing the prisons” of opponents of the Islamic Republic. The massacre of several thousand prisoners over a short period in the summer of 1988, the transportation of the bodies of the executed to mass graves by truck, and the failure to inform the families of the burial locations are just a few of his crimes. Witnesses and the families of victims say Raisi even sent disabled individuals, the sick, and those who had developed mental problems in prison to their deaths!

Hussein Mortazavi, the then-head of the notorious Evin Prison, states: “In 1988, Ebrahim Raisi made significant efforts to persuade Ayatollah Khomeini to carry out mass executions of political prisoners, and he even said that they had obtained a religious decree from Khomeini for the executions!”

Some surviving political prisoners say that eleven years after the Iranian revolution, Raisi was very active in issuing death sentences for political prisoners and personally oversaw the executions. Raisi never denied his past in executing hundreds of political prisoners and always defended his record. In one interview with a foreign journalist, he even claimed that the execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 was “appropriate.”

Before his presidency, as the first deputy in the Iranian judiciary system, Raisi played a significant role in imprisoning human rights activists, environmentalists, ethnic and religious minorities, Baha’is, journalists, and covering up the negligence of those responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian plane.

A Fortune That Befell Him

Raisi, like Soleimani and Amir-Abdollahian, the foreign minister who perished with him in the helicopter crash, always harbored dreams of destroying Israel and capturing Tel Aviv with the army of Islam, but they took these dreams to their graves. During his recent trip to Turkey, Raisi performed a fortune-telling for Erdogan, the President of Turkey, in Ankara, and this verse came up: “Rejoice, for the oppressor will not find his way home.”

He then commented on this fortune, saying, “God willing, the Israeli regime will end!” Little did he know that, as an Iranian poem says, “The lot fell to me, the madman!”

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s foreign minister who also died in the air accident, was someone who, following the October massacre, repeatedly visited Hamas leaders and openly encouraged them to kill more Israelis in front of the global community.

Undoubtedly, the departure of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian will have no effect on the destructive policies of the Islamic Republic in the region and the world. It is certain that the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Revolutionary Guards have plenty of options to handpick other criminals to maintain their control over the people of Iran.

About the Author
Hamidreza Zarifinia is an Iranian writer, correspondent and news editor for the Times of Israel, based in London Office.