Mrs. Rajavi: Cabinet of the henchman of the 1988 massacre, Ebrahim Raisi’s: The embodiment of four decades of mullahs’ religious dictatorship and terrorism, whose primary mission is to confront the people’s uprising, and to plunder the national wealth, step up terrorism and warmongering, and expand the unpatriotic nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. Neither the installment of Raisi nor the collection of murderers and thieves in his cabinet can save the regime from its inevitable overthrow.
Ebrahim Raisi, the henchman of the 1988 massacre, submitted the list of his cabinet Ministers, dictated by the regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, to the regime’s parliament on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. This is a 19-member list of assassins, terrorists, and thieves handpicked from Khamenei’s Office and its subordinate bodies such as the IRGC, the Quds Force, the Judiciary, and the giant conglomerate, Astan-e Quds Razavi:
- Minister of the Interior: IRGC Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, former commander of the terrorist Quds Force;
- Minister of Roads and Urban Development: Rostam Ghasemi, Minister of Oil in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet. One of the officials in charge of plundering hundreds of billions of dollars of Iranian oil revenues in the service of the Revolutionary Guards, for the nuclear, and ballistic missile programs, and in terrorist projects. Former economic deputy of the Quds Force, former head of the IRGC plundering headquarter, known as Khatam al-Anbia (the IRGC’s principal engineering arm and one of the regime’s largest contractors in industrial and development projects). Ghasemi is also known for stealing oil rigs and smuggling gold bars from the country;
- Minister of Foreign Affairs: Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an aide to the criminal Qassem Soleimani and the representative of the Quds Force;
- Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics: Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, a protégé of the eliminated Maj. Gen. Ali Sayad Shirazi, then-deputy chief of the Armed Forces General Staff, and one of the butchers of the people of Kurdistan;
- Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism: IRGC Brig. Gen. Ezattollah Zarghami, one of the US Embassy hostage takers, one of the senior IRGC missile officials and in charge of censorship, repression, smears, and forced confessions as the head of the State Radio and Television for 10 years;
- Minister of Sports and Youth: Seyed Hamid Sajjadi Hazaveh, CEO of Saipa Sports Club, owned by the Revolutionary Guards Corps, involved in plundering and money laundering;
- Minister of Intelligence and Security: Cleric Esmail Khatib, worked at the IRGC’s Intelligence and Operations organization in the year 1980. He was the former director-general of Qom Province’s Intelligence Department, served as the head of Judiciary’s Security and Intelligence Department, and as Chief Security Director for Astan-e Quds Razavi under Raisi, and later a staff member at Khamenei’s Office;
- Minister of Justice: Amin Hossein Rahimi, started his carrier in the regime’s Judiciary when he was only 18. Former Chief of the General and Revolutionary Courts in Tehran, “Special Judge” of the Judiciary, Political and Security Deputy of the regime’s Prosecutor General and Senior Advisor to the Judiciary Chief;
- Minister of Oil: Javad Owji, One of the managers of “Execution of Khomeini’s Order” and “Mostazafan Foundation,” Involved in plunder and smuggling;
- Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance: Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili, Deputy Director of Ministry of Intelligence’s Islamic Revolution Documentation Center and Advisor to the Ebrahim Raisi, when he was the custodian of Astan-e Quds Razavi;
- Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade: Seyyed Reza Fatemi Amin, Deputy Custodian of Astan-e Quds Razavi, under Raisi;
- Minister of Labor: Hojjat Abdolmaleki, a member of the Board of Trustees of Khomeini’s Relief Fund, known for its plundering of the public’s wealth and resources;
- Minister of Science, Research and Technology: Mohammad Ali Zolfigol, from the IRGC’s battalion in Qom during the anti-patriotic Iran-Iraq war; and
- Minister of Education: Hossein Baghgoli, the nephew of Ebrahim Raisi’s father-in-law. A member of the Astan-e Quds Razavi’s Youth Board;
Nine of these individuals were ministers or deputy ministers under Ahmadinejad. Four of them are on the US and European sanctions lists (Vahidi, Ashtiani, Zarghami, and Ghasemi).
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet the embodiment of four decades of the religious and terrorist dictatorship of the mullahs, whose mission is to counter popular uprisings, plunder national wealth, and resources, step up terrorism and warmongering, and expand the unpatriotic nuclear and missiles projects. But neither the installment of the henchman of the 1988 massacre as president nor the collection of murderers and thieves in his cabinet can save the regime from its inevitable overthrow. It will only intensify public rage and lead to popular uprisings.
Background of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of the Interior, who must be brought to justice before an international tribunal and the Iranian people’s Court:
1. In the past three decades, Hossein Amir Abdollahian has been in contact with the IRGC’s terrorist Quds Force. He has carried out the orders of the eliminated commander of the Force, Qassem Soleimani. During Ahmadinejad’s tenure, he was the Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs and the liaison of the Quds Force with regional countries. He met regularly with Hassan Nasrallah and Bashar al-Assad, and other regime operatives in the region. “On the way to the airport, (John) Kerry called my cell phone,” Zarif was quoted as saying last May. He said that they could agree with the Saudis on a ceasefire (with the Houthis). I said Ansarallah is ready. I am getting on a plane now and may not be available for eight hours. This is Dr. Amir Abdullahian’s number. If you call him, he will tell Mr. Soleimani, who will, in turn, tell the Yemenis, and we will cook something up.”
Amir Abdullahian’s anti-Mujahedin (MEK) hysteria is another reason for his appointment to the regime’s Foreign Ministry. “Westerners should be shocked to know that we will not stay in the current one-way tunnel (JCPOA) at any cost,” he said after the announcement of some sanctions against the regime for the terrorist plot in Villepinte in 2018. “As a safe haven [for the MEK] Europe must now receive a sensible, wise, but shocking message.” He also lashed out at President Mahmoud Abbas after meeting with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, accusing him of supporting terrorism.
2. Ahmad Vahidi, the Minister of the Interior, is one of the founders of the Quds Force and its first commander. He was the Minister of Defense under Ahmadinejad. The Argentine Judiciary issued an arrest warrant for his direct role in July 1994 bombing of a Jewish Community Center in Argentina. He also planned and commanded the terrorist operation to attack the Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia in June 1996. He is on the EU-US sanctions lists.
As the Chancellor of the Supreme National Defense and Strategic Research University, Vahidi said on January 7, 2019, that the PMOI/MEK was conducting 300 daily operations against the regime in Tehran at one time.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
August 12, 2021