The Iranian regime has appointed a former member of the “Death Committee”, charged with overseeing executions during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, as Iran’s new deputy Majlis speaker.
The new deputy Majlis speaker was also head interrogator and torturer during the early 80’s in Kermanshah.
He also served as Deputy Prosecutor in the province of Kurdistan and under the prosecutor in Kermanshah where he played an active role in the torture and execution of many political prisoners.
In 2006, he was appointed as Iran’s minister of Welfare and Social Security and then became Iran’s Ambassador to Venezuela in 2009.
It also became clear in recent years that Mesri’s education credentials were fake and that numerous embezzlement and corruption charges were brought against him during his time at the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security.
It seems that since the regime has found itself in a stalemate and lacks solutions to deal with its economic crisis and regional tensions, it is tightening its grip by appointing hard line elements in key government positions.
Prior to this in March, hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a judge during the 1988 executions, became Iran’s Chief Justice.
“We deem security as the most important issue in the country,” the 58 year old cleric said during his swearing in ceremony in March.
“We will not tolerate any kind of disturbance in the security of the country and will not concede,” he added in comments carried by the Revolutionary Guards Corps affiliated Tasnim news agency.
Iran considers any kind of dissent as a threat to its security. Many human rights, labor, and women’s rights activists have been handed heavy sentences for so-called “security charges”.