Saeed Mortazavi

saeed_mortazavi01Saeed Mortazavi (born 1967) is an Iranian politician, former judge and former prosecutor. He was prosecutor of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, and Prosecutor General of Tehran, a position he held from 2003 to 2009. He has been called as “butcher of the press” and “torturer of Tehran” by some observers. He was put on trial in February 2013 after a parliamentary committee blamed him for the torture and deaths of at least three detainees who participated in the protests against President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s reelection. On 15 November 2014, he was banned from all political and legal positions for life.

Career and actions

Before his prosecutorial appointment, Mortazavi was a judge.
On 18 May 2003 he became prosecutor general of Tehran, a position he held until 29 August 2009.The post had been unfilled for the previous eight years, since Iran abolished prosecutors in 1995. In the intervening years judges performed the prosecutor’s role.