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Iranian supreme leader names new national police chief

the supreme leader Iranianthe ayatollah Ali Khameneiannounced this Saturday that he had appointed a new head of the national police to replace the general whose mandate had been fulfilled.

This appointment occurs in the context of the demonstrations in the country, triggered by the death of the young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, on September 16, after her arrest for breaching the dress code for women by the morality police , which depends on the national.

In a letter published on his website, Khamenei indicated that he had appointed General Ahmad-Reza Radan as head of the country’s law enforcement, replacing General Hossein Ashtari, who had held the position since 2015.

“With the end of the mission of General (Hossein) Ashtari, expressing my gratitude and satisfaction for his services, I appoint him the Commander General of the Police of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said the supreme guide addressing the new head of security. .

In 2010, the US Treasury blacklisted Ahmad-Reza Radan for violating human rights, following the controversial re-election of ultra-conservative President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, which led to major protests suppressed by power. That same year, he was sanctioned by the European Union.

General Radan, born in 1963, was deputy chief of the national police between 2008 and 2014, when he was precisely replaced by General Hossein Ashtari.

This designation comes as thousands of people have been detained since the death of Mahsa Amini, for their participation in what Iranian authorities describe as “riots”, orchestrated by foreign countries and opposition groups, according to them.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have also been killed during demonstrations since mid-September.

Source: Elcomercio

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