Mohsen Rezaee
Iranian politician
Mohsen Rezaee
Mohsen Rezaee Mirgha'ed, also spelled Rezaei, Rezai and Rezaie, born Sabzevar Rezaee Mirgha'ed, is an Iranian politician, economist and former military commander, currently the Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Before that, Rezaee was the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Chief Commander for 16 years.
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  • 2015
    Age 60
    It is reported that he has returned to IRGC in 2015. Rezaei was a candidate of the presidential election of 2005, but withdrew on 15 June 2005, only two days before the election.
    More Details Hide Details Rezaei mentioned he was withdrawing from the race for "the integration of the votes of the nation" and "their effectiveness". He did not endorse any candidate.
  • 2013
    Age 58
    He was also a candidate in the 2013 election.
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    He was also a candidate in 2013 presidential election and received 3,884,412 votes.
    More Details Hide Details He ranked fourth behind winner Hassan Rouhani, runner-up Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Saeed Jalili. Rezaei was born in Masjed Soleyman on 9 September 1954 to a religious Bakhtiyari nomadic family. He spent his childhood and adolescence in the oil-rich city of Masjed Soleyman (Irsoleymān) in southwestern Iran. Along with his close friends, he established the "Religion and Science Association".
  • 2012
    Age 57
    Rezaei announced his run for presidency in October 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 56
    On 13 November 2011, his body was found dead in a hotel in Dubai.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported that he was killed by a hotel servant, but the Dubai Police stated that he had died after taking a large quantity of antidepressants. His brother, Omidvar, is a member of the Parliament of Iran since 2008. Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. "Violent Aftermath: The 2009 Election and Suppression of Dissent in Iran". Feb. 2010, New Haven, CT. p. 5
    However, he later migrated to the United Arab Emirates in 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    Rezaei rejected the allegations, saying in June 2009 "These charges were a sheer lie". Rezaei married in 1974.
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    On 23 April 2009, he announced that he entered the 2009 presidential race, after trying to find another conservative to run against President Ahmadinejad which he lost.
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    Dubbed a "perennial candidate", Rezaei ran as a conservative presidential candidate in the 2009 elections, coming third with 1.7 percent of the vote, behind winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformist runner-up Mir-Hossein Mousavi.
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  • 2005
    Age 50
    He returned to Iran in 2005, recanting his statements.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    His eldest son, Ahmad, migrated to the United States in 1998 and sought political asylum.
    More Details Hide Details He spoke against the policies of the Iranian Islamic government, and accused his father and others of supporting terrorist acts.
    In 1998, Rezaei's son, Ahmad, defected to the United States, where he told officials that the attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was planned in Tehran.
    More Details Hide Details The son told U.S. authorities that he had accompanied his father to Lebanon to witness the training. Ahmad Rezaei returned to Iran after a short time and declared that his statements about his father's involvement in the bombing was baseless. Mohsen Rezaei has been on the official Wanted list of Interpol since March 2007, for allegations of "Aggravated Murder and Damages" related to the 1994 AMIA bombing case.
  • 1992
    Age 37
    The attack on the Jewish cultural center came two years after the 1992 terrorist bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.
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  • 1986
    Age 31
    When this rivalry became public, Ayatollah Khomeini met them in his residence on 19 July 1986 and urged them to "seek unity", telling them "You must endeavor, not to think in terms of being members of the Armed Forces or those of the Guards Corps or of the Basij forces....
    More Details Hide Details We must understand that if there were to be any disputes among you... not only are we doomed here and now, but we also are guilty before God." In November 2006, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corra issued international arrest warrants for Rezaei, six other Iranians and one Lebanese in connection with the attacks on 18 July 1994, a suicide bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which resulted in the death of 85 people and serious injuries to 151.
    In 1986, he was named member of the Supreme Defense Council. Rezaee was removed from the IRGC in 1997 due to pressures from the followers of the then president Mohammad Khatami.
    More Details Hide Details Another reason for his dismissal was his failure to respond to the perceived threat of attack from the US. He was replaced by Yahya Rahim Safavi. He became a member of Expediency Discernment Council and then, its secretary in August 1997. He was also appointed chair of the commission for macroeconomics and commerce. In addition, he is a reviewer of Iran's 2025 versions development. Rezaei founded the news website Tabnak, originally Baztab, in 2002 as a reaction to proliferation of reformist websites. He is also related to Wikirezaee. He also co-founded Imam Hossein University and currently teaches there.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    Rezaei joined the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and later was appointed chief of its intelligence division. He became the IRGC's chief commander of in 1981, when he was 27 years old, and remained in the post until he announced his retirement from all of his military posts.
    More Details Hide Details He actively participated in the Iran–Iraq War.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    Although he studied mechanical engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Rezaee switched to economics after the Iran–Iraq War, studying at Tehran University and received his PhD in 2001.
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    After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, seven armed Muslim groups teamed up and established the Islamic Revolution Mujahideen Organization to safeguard the nascent Islamic Revolution.
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  • 1969
    Age 14
    When he was to begin studying at a school run by National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in 1969, Rezaei moved to the city of Ahvaz.
    More Details Hide Details At high school, he started his political and cultural struggle against the Shah's regime. In the last year of high school, he was arrested by the Shah Security service SAVAK in Ahvaz, interrogated and tortured. He was 17 when he served five months in solitary confinement. He did not stop his political activities after he was released from prison. Rezaei arrived in Tehran in 1974 to study mechanical engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology. He studied and worked at the same time. SAVAK intensified its crackdown on guerrilla groups to which he was a member. He had to abandon the university. He launched provincial branches of Mansouroun guerrilla fighters in seven provinces. When Ruhollah Khomeini returned home from exile, the Mansouroun group was tasked with protecting the revolutionary leader.
  • 1954
    Born on September 9, 1954.
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