State Department Faces Criticism for Condolences Over Death of Iran’s President, the “Butcher of Tehran”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses the parliament in a vote of confidence session for his proposed labor minister in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The U.S. State Department offered condolences on Monday following the deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other top officials in a helicopter crash. This drew criticism due to Iran’s President’s notorious human rights abuses.

Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian died on Sunday when their helicopter crashed in the Dizmar Forest in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. The officials were returning to Tehran after a trip to the border with Azerbaijan to inaugurate a dam with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA reported that the crash resulted in the deaths of eight people, including three crew members aboard the Bell helicopter, which had been purchased by Iran in the early 2000s.

The Iranian President’s international crimes and assaults on his own citizens (especially women) earned him the nickname of “The Butcher of Tehran.”

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