Iran’s president-elect defends himself over 1988 executions

Dubai: Iran’s president-elect has called himself a defender of human rights after being asked directly about his involvement in the 1988 mass executions of some 5,000 people.

Ebrahim Raisi made the comment on Monday in a news conference with journalists, his first since winning Friday’s election in a landslide.

Raisi was part of a so-called death panel that sentenced political prisoners to death at the end of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.