Sayyed Mojtaba Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید مجتبی حسینی خامنهای; born 8 September 1969) is a son of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran. He took part in the Iran–Iraq War operations between 1980 and 1988. He also reportedly took control of the Basij militia that was used to suppress the protests over the 2009 election.
Mojtaba Hosseini Khamenei
8 September 1969
|Alma mater||Qom Seminary|
Zahra Haddad-Adel (m. 2004)
|Relatives||Mostafa Khamenei (brother)|
Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel (father-in-law)
Early life and educationEdit
Mojtaba was born in Mashhad in 1969, and is the second son of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of Iran. After graduating from high school, he studied theology. His early teachers included his own father and Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. In 1999, he continued his studies in Qom to become a cleric. Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani and Mohammad Bagher Kharazi were his teachers there.
Activities and influenceEdit
Journalists stated that he may "have played a leading role in orchestrating" Ahmadinejad's electoral victory, and that he may be "a key figure in orchestrating the crackdown against anti-government protesters" in June 2009, and directly in charge of the paramilitary Basij, a blackout of his name in the regime press notwithstanding. In an open letter, Mehdi Karroubi, ex-chairman of the Majlis (parliament) and a reformist candidate in the 2009 presidential vote, explicitly accused Mojtaba Khamenei of participating in a conspiracy to rig the election, referring to illegal interference of "a network".
Mojtaba is reported to have a strong influence over his father and is talked about as his possible successor. This is thought by some to present a problem, for the Supreme Leader needs to be elected by the Assembly of Experts from among senior Shia Islamic scholars, but it has been noted that the previous incumbent, Ruhollah Khomeini, exerted a strong influence in favor of the choice of Khameini's father. The Guardian argues that "The strength of Mojtaba's personal following has not been demonstrated", and while he wears clerical robes he "by no means has the theological status" to rise to Supreme Leader, although it notes that. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mojtaba's religious and political stature may still not be enough for Ali Khamenei to one day just unveil his son as his successor. However, the Assembly of Experts is considered by many to be a ceremonial body without any real power. According to The Guardian and French newspaper Libération, among other sources, he is widely believed to control huge financial assets. This allegation was rejected by Assembly of the Forces of Imam's Line, an Iranian political group led by his uncle Hadi Khamenei. Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his former ally, accused Mojtaba Khamenei of embezzling from the state treasury.
Mojtaba is married to the daughter of former parliamentary speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel. His first son was born in 2007 whose name is Mohammad Bagher. The couple's second child, a girl born in 2013, was named Fatemeh Sadaat. The couple's third child, Mohammad Amin was born in 2017.
Mojtaba Khamenei is widely believed to control significant financial assets. However, there are opposite views which reject economic activities by him, and name it as rumours against him.
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