Ebrahim Raisi: The ‘Killer’ Who Could Be Iran’s Next President

Ebrahim Raisi is a 60-year-old, hard-line Iranian cleric linked to the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s. He ran for president in 2017 but lost to the more moderate Hassan Rohani. This time around, Iran’s ruling clerics are accused of paving the way for Raisi in the June 18 presidential vote by disqualifying many prominent moderates and reformers. We look at Raisi’s rise to power as the chief of Iran’s judiciary and his leadership ambitions.