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UN, NATO officials offer condolences to the ‘Butcher of Tehran’

Officials from the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have expressed condolences to Iran after a helicopter crash in the mountains of northern Iran killed President Ebrahim Raisi and several other senior officials.

NATO spokesperson Farah Dahlullah said: “We mourn the loss of President Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir Abdullahian and others who died in a helicopter crash. We extend our condolences to the #Iranian people.”
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his condolences on Monday.

Charles Michel, President of the Council of Europe
offered On behalf of the EU, “I would like to express my deepest condolences on the loss of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Abdollahian, as well as other members of their delegation and crew, in a helicopter accident. My deepest condolences to their families.”

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Raisi in 2019 for “executive oversight of the execution, torture, and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of individuals who were juveniles at the time of the crimes.”

The United Nations National Security Council observed a moment of silence on Monday over Raisi’s death.

Shows of condolences and condolences from Western countries have been met with intense criticism on social media.

“As a former @NATO Assistant Secretary-General, I am appalled by this tweet. It is completely unwarranted.” [inappropriate] On so many levels” Marshall Billingsley Said In response to the NATO statement.

Raisi is known as the “Butcher of Tehran” for his role in ordering the killing of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s.

In 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department said it had “administrative oversight of the execution and torture of individuals who were juveniles at the time of the crimes, including amputations, and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment of prisoners of war” in Iran. It is said that Mr. Raisi was sanctioned.to ABC News.

The official cause of the crash has not yet been determined. Initial reports blamed the weather, as there was heavy fog in the area where the accident occurred. Weather conditions, including rain and snow, also hampered rescue efforts for several hours.

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