Position at the time of 1988 massacre: The Judiciary’s representative in the Intelligence Ministry
Present post and occupation: Judiciary Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran
He was Attorney General from 2009 to 2014. He was Intelligence Minister of Iran from 2005 until 2009. While he was Intelligence Minister during the 2009 election, intelligence agents under his command were responsible for detention, torture and extraction of false confessions under duress from hundreds of activists, journalists, dissidents, and reformist politicians.
In addition, political figures were coerced into making false confessions during interrogations by the use of intimidation, blackmail, torture and the threatening of family members.
In 1988, he allegedly played an active role in the decision making circle responsible for implementation of extra-legal death sentences.
Human Rights Watch called for him to be put on trial for crimes against humanity committed during the mass executions.
In 2011, the European Union put him on its sanctions list for his role in serious violations of human rights and persecution of the opposition.
See Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Iran, in [Eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A02011R0359-20170413].
He has been First Vice Chief of the Judiciary since 23 August 2014 and was Spokesperson for the Judiciary since 16 September 2010. He is also a member of the State Expediency Discernment Council.
On 1 July 2021, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Mohseni-Ejei as Iran’s new Judiciary Chief to replace Ebrahim Raisi.