BUTCHER OF TEHRAN DEAD: ‘No Sign Of Life’ As Crews Reach Burnt Helicopter That Was Carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

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Rescue teams have found the wreckage of the helicopter carrying Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, known as the “Butcher of Tehran,” with “no signs of life,” in a remote part of the country.

“President Raisi’s helicopter was completely burned in the crash … unfortunately, all passengers are feared dead,” an official informed Reuters.

Raisi’s helicopter crashed in a secluded mountainous area during hazardous weather, and it took rescuers many hours to locate the crash site.

In the wake of Raisi’s death, attention has shifted to the potential impact on Iran’s government.

According to Iranian law, the First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will assume the presidency for a temporary period of 50 days, after which an election must be held to elect Raisi’s successor.

The key issue, however, is who will become the next Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, a position currently held by the 85-year-old Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei.

Many experts believe the primary contenders to succeed Ali Khamenei are his son Mojtaba and Raisi, as noted by Gabriel Noronha, a former US State Department advisor on Iran, on X.

Noronha emphasized that if no one challenges Khamenei’s son, he would likely secure the position, effectively transforming Iran into a “hereditary monarchy – just in radical Islamic clothing.”

Raisi, 63, was returning with Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and local officials in heavy weather after visiting Azerbaijan to inaugurate a new dam with President Ilham Aliyev, the third such project on the Aras River.

Before confirming his death, state media reported the helicopter had made a “hard landing,” with rescue operations hindered by severe winds, fog, and the region’s challenging terrain.

“The esteemed president and company were on their way back aboard some helicopters and one of the helicopters was forced to make a hard landing due to the bad weather and fog,” Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi stated on state TV at the time.

Iran’s official news agency, INRA, reported that Raisi was traveling in a convoy of helicopters when his went down near Jolfa, approximately 375 miles northwest of Tehran.

A local government official described the incident as a “crash” but admitted to an Iranian newspaper that he had not yet reached the site himself.

The other helicopters in the convoy successfully reached their destination.

Following the news of the crash, Iranian state TV interrupted regular programming to show mass gatherings of supporters across the country praying for Raisi.

After Iran’s failed missile and drone strike against Israel last month, Raisi, at an annual military parade, threatened a “massive and harsh” response if Israel retaliated, warning that if Iran had intended a larger attack, “nothing would remain of the Zionist regime.”

Raisi, seen as a protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was widely believed to be a potential successor to the 85-year-old leader, positioning him to become only the third person to hold the title.

In Iran’s 2021 presidential election, Raisi won amidst the lowest voter turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic.

He was sanctioned by the US partly due to his role in the 1988 mass execution of thousands of political prisoners, known as the “death committee,” at the end of the Iran-Iraq war.

In 2022, to suppress widespread protests following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody after being arrested by morality police for allegedly not wearing a hijab, Raisi ordered a brutal security crackdown on young people across the country, resulting in over 500 deaths and more than 22,000 detentions.

A helicopter carrying Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, near the Iran-Azerbaijan border, May 19, 2024. The helicopter with Raisi on board later crashed. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

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8 COMMENTS

    • Raisi sentenced so many people to death !
      … woman and 14 year old kids also !
      He burned alive in the chopper and
      he shoud burn in h—

  1. He was riding on a Bell helicopter that the shah’s government bought from America in the 70’s.
    Maintenance must’ve been spotty at best, considering that Iran has been under some form of embargo or sanctions for 45 years. Spare parts for maintenance and repairs are either unavailable or only available by cannibalizing parts from other helicopters.
    Add to that the weather and the terrain they were flying through when the accident occurred and it is kind of reminiscent of the Kobe Bryant crash, which happened with a well maintained helicopter outfitted with some of the best safety equipment and radars as well as well trained pilots.
    So in short, the likelihood of foul play is pretty low, it was most likely poorly maintained equipment in a difficult environment in bad weather.
    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow.
    May the ayatollah follow him soon.

  2. Halevai vaiter. may HKBH take more resha’im and may he take them very soon.
    This butcher has got some rude awakening when he gets to gehinom !! Enjoy it, you chaya ra’ah. You deserve it.

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