Raisi – known to some as The Butcher – apparently won the day after winning around 50% of the 29 million votes cast in Friday’s election.
Securing the 60-year-old’s post means that all the Iranian regime’s weapons are now in the hands of ultra-conservative extremists.
He will take power next month when the reins are handed over by outgoing – and more moderate – leader Hassan Rouhani.
The Iranian president is the country’s second highest official, just behind Ayatollah.
And his victory comes after an attempt to boycott the elections after Iranian authorities disqualified candidates pushing for regime reform.
Raisi has stood on an anti-corruption platform amid continued economic hardship in Iran, but the judge’s story is drenched in blood.
Opposition activists say it will only push Iran further away from the West amid the lingering tensions – spreading blood and terror across the Middle East.
He is said to have ordered the torture of pregnant women, had prisoners thrown off cliffs, whipped people with electrical cords and supervised countless other acts of brutal violence.
At the head of Iranian justice, the traditionalist cleric is a close ally of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose trust he has gained after holding key positions of power for four decades.
Raisi earned his nickname “butcher” and was reportedly involved in the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s.
It is reported that he was a key member of the so-called “Death Commission” which ordered the deaths of thousands of people in the 1988 massacre.
Raisi is nothing more than a product of a diet that produces monsters
Some 30,000 men, women and children held in prisons across Iran were lined up against the wall and shot dead in just a few months, say those fighting to overthrow the regime.
Iran has never acknowledged the mass executions and Mr. Raisi has never responded to allegations about his role in them.
And the regime currently carries out around 250 executions per year – the highest number in the world outside of China.
Amnesty International also said Raisi should be investigated for “crimes against humanity” and torture – including allegations he saw protesters brutalized during the unrest in 2019.
Amnesty chief Agnès Callamard said: “The fact that Ebrahim Raisi took over the presidency instead of being investigated for crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran. “
Iran continues to be a challenge in the Middle East for the West, as it supports terrorist groups around the world and seeks to develop nuclear weapons.
Farideh Goudarzi was eight months pregnant when she said she was arrested by Iranian authorities for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) .
However, despite her state of health, she told The Sun Online that she was not spared the horrific and brutal torture routinely practiced in the Islamic Republic during this time.
She said the very first time she had met the brutal Raisi was when she was dragged into a courthouse torture chamber at the age of 21 in the summer of 1983.
Executions and torture in Iran
Iran carries out around 250 executions per year – the most number of countries in the world except China.
Victims can also have their fingers amputated on counts of minor theft – leaving only the thumb and palm – using a guillotine-like tool.
Children as young as 12 can also be sentenced to death, which is contrary to international law.
And torture is believed to be rampant in Iranian prisons, with electric shocks, flogging, waterboards and sexual violence on prisoners, according to human rights groups.
Stoning to death for adultery also remains in the law, although the latest figures show none has been carried out recently.
Electric shocks in prisons see victims tied to chairs and forced to confess to crimes with the power to increase if they don’t.
Raisi was one of seven men tasked with torturing her after her arrest, she claims.
She told The Sun Online that she was dragged into a blood-covered room where she was tied with electric cables – and she had no idea the blood was actually her husband’s.
Farideh says Raisi truly deserves his nickname – the Butcher – and says all torture and execution orders were issued by him.
She said her husband was tortured for days before being hanged from a crane, only 24 years old – their son was born in prison without ever having met his father.
The mother believes Raisi was chosen for power at such a young age because he was notoriously brutal – the regime enjoying the stoning and beheading he ordered.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud Royaee who was arrested by Iranian authorities when he was an 18-year-old student for a “thought crime”.
Royaee spent ten years in prison where he was tortured after being offered the opportunity to confess on television – which he refused.
Mahmoud had hoped that the torture he had endured during his interrogation would end once he was imprisoned – he was wrong.
Within hours of entering prison, his head and eyebrows were shaved by guards and he was forced to EAT them.
He said, “Raisi used to beat prisoners with an electric cable. The first time I was punched on the soles of my feet I tried to count but the pain made it impossible.
“He was also one of their few judges who signed a religious sentence for someone to be thrown off a cliff. Raisi is nothing more than a product of a diet that produces monsters. “
Mahmoud added, “To imagine that this heinous creature could be placed in the president’s seat is unthinkable. The families of all those who were killed simply cannot tolerate this.
He has now called on the international community to call the time on Iran’s archaic rulers.
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Mahmoud said that the thought that Raisi could be elected and then accepted by the international community would be too much for the relatives of those killed to bear.
“The appeasement towards the regime’s behavior has enabled it to present Raisi as the preferred presidential candidate, so the international community should be partly responsible.
“Raisi will be used like a wolf to terrify the Iranian people. What other reason is there to put someone hated all over the world in such an important position.
“The Iranian people do not expect the international community to rally to the so-called policy of appeasement.