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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Hojjatoleslam Qolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei

Born: c. 1956

Hometown: Ejiyeh

Position: Minister of Intelligence and Prosecutor-General of Iran

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will counter any move aimed at creating disorder in the system without hesitation.”




Hojjatoleslam Qolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei was a student in the Haqqani School in Qom, and reportedly holds a master’s degree in international law. He was the judge in the trial of former Tehran mayor Qolam-Hossein Karbaschi. Considered to hail from the hard-line school of Muhammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, Ejei insisted that the British Embassy in Tehran sent agents provocateurs among the crowds of protesters following the June 12, 2009 election.

In July 2009, he lost his position in the Ministry of Intelligence, reportedly due to political in-fighting following the election. One month later, he was appointed by Judiciary Head Sadeq Larijani to be Prosecutor-General of Iran, where he is now responsible for investigating crimes against the state. He has encouraged “tough action” against further protests, and “crushing responses” to illegal rallies. During the Ashura protests in December 2009, Ejei stated that the foreigners who were arrested would be prosecuted as muharibih (enemies of God) and promptly executed.

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