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Ebrahim Raisi is the new president of Iran. He doesn’t sound like a bundle of fun.

Mr Raisi is Iran’s top judge and holds ultra-conservative views. He is under US sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners.

Iran’s president is the second-highest ranking official in the country, after the supreme leader […]

He is said to have been part of a so-called “death committee” – one of four judges who oversaw secret death sentences for about 5,000 prisoners in jails near Tehran, according to Amnesty International. It says the location of the mass graves where the men and women were buried is being “systematically concealed by the Iranian authorities”.

“That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran,” said Amnesty chief Agnès Callamard.

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  1. Here’s my pick of the world’s most murderous and illegitimate regimes (top five):

    1. North Korea
    2. Syria
    3. Iran
    4. Iran
    5. Iran

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