Mehdi Karroubi

Mehdi Karroubi
مهدی کروبی
26 Sep 1937
Aligudarz, Lorestan
Seminary Eduacation
4 May 2021
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  • Plenipotentiary representative of the leadership, Lorestan Province (0000)
  • Representative of the Leader in Hajj Affairs (0000)
  • Founder and head of the Martyr’s Foundation of the Islamic Revolution (16 Mar 1980 - 0000)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the property at the disposal of the Supreme Leader (26 Apr 1989 - 0000)
    • Human Rights Violation: Confiscating and selling property of religious minorities and political dissidents (6 May 1989 - 0000) read more
      Executive Headquarters of Imam Khomeini's Order
      Rights Violated
      Right to freedom of religion and belief, Right to non-discrimination, Right to property

      Mehdi Karroubi, as a member of the Board of Trustees for overseeing the properties at the disposal of the Supreme Leader and one of the founders of the Executive Headquarters of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EHIKO), has been responsible for confiscating and selling the property of the Iranian citizens especially religious minorities, and political opponents of the Islamic Republic, in an illegal and unjust process.

      On May 26, 1989, in a letter, Ruhollah Khomeini appointed Mehdi Karroubi  along with Yousef Saanei and Habibollah Asgar Oladi, as his trustees regarding the implementation of Article 49 of the Constitution and was responsible for collecting and administering property at the disposal of the Supreme Leader, including confiscated property of Iranian citizens especially religious and ethnic minorities and political opponents.

      In a joint letter to Khomeini on May 10, 1989, Karroubi asked him to appoint Hossein Ali Nairi as the religious judge to handle Article 49 cases, especially confiscated property, and to allow the case to be heard without due process and legal proceedings of a fair trial. He writes in this letter:

      "It is requested that in case of approval, in order to advance the affairs and not lose the rights of the poor and needy, you instruct the relevant judicial authorities to handle these cases outside the cumbersome rules of the courts according to the rules of Sharia."

      Karroubi is also responsible for confiscating the property of the wife and children of Hussein Vahdat Hagh, a Baha'i citizen who was executed for his religious beliefs on March 30, 1981.


      Based on the verdict issued by the Third Branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran - Evin on May 19, 1991, the court, citing a decree dated September 7, 1989, in the case of the property of Vahid, Shahab and Ruhid Vahdat Hagh, sons of Hossein Vahdat Hagh Declaring these citizens "followers of the heretical Baha'i sect" and declaring their property "disrespectful", he voted to confiscate all the family's property. The document also states: “The returned property will be given to the esteemed representatives of the Supreme Leader, Messrs. Hojjat al-Islam and Muslims, Hajj Sheikh Mehdi Karroubi and Hajj Sheikh Hassan Saemi [meant Yusuf Saanei].”


      Stolen Lands: Executive Headquarters of Imam Khomeini’s Order, Report by the Justice for Iran, 2021

      Decree on appointing representatives of property at the disposal of the Supreme Leader,

      Sahifa Ruhollah Khomeini, Volume 21, p 365


      Image of the court ruling dated 28 May 1991, case file 524/61 / M / 22634


      Letter to the President of the Supreme Court, Sahifa Ruhollah Khomeini, Volume 21, p 304.



  • Member of the Expediency Discernment Council (30 May 2004 - 26 Feb 2007)
  • Founder of Imam Khomeini Relief Committee (10 March 1979)
  • Member of the parliament, Tehran Province ((28 May 1980 – 27 May 1992), (11 June 2000 – 26 May 2004))
  • Speaker of Parliament ((16 August 1989- 27 May 1992), (11 June 2000 – 26 May 2004))
  • Member of the Constitutional Review Assembly (1989)
These violations may only be part of the human rights violations that this person has been involved in. The investigation into this person's human rights record is ongoing.