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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Hojjatoleslam Hossein Taeb

Born: 1963/4

Hometown: Tehran

Position: Head of Basij and Head of the Revolutionary Guard Intelligence Unit.

“If Hashemi Rafsanjani, Khatami and Mousavi were arrested, there would be no consequences in the country.”



Hojjatoleslam Hossein Taeb studied religious sciences under now-Ayatollah Khamenei. He joined the Revolutionary Guards in 1982 or 1983 and acted as the organization’s coordinator with the office of the Supreme Leader. Khamenei appointed him as head of the Basij on July 13, 2008. The Basij is a militia of private citizens purportedly established to provide domestic security under the command of the Revolutionary Guards. Members are often deployed to counter student demonstrations, enforce Islamic dress codes, and maintain the separation of the sexes.

Thousands of Basij members were used to quash the demonstrations following the June 12, 2009 elections. They were reportedly linked to the beatings and murders of demonstrators, home invasions, destruction of property, and rape.

Taeb has insisted that the Basij were not authorized to carry weapons during the demonstrations, despite witness testimony and video footage showing otherwise. Taeb claimed that police arrested armed imposters who wore Basij uniforms.

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