Many of the executed were reportedly members of the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq (MEK), an organization pushing for regime change that is now based in Europe.
Raisi did not directly confirm or deny the allegations. “Everything I’ve done in my time of holding office has been to defend human rights,” the hard-line Muslim scholar said.
He added that he has dealt with “those who disrupted people’s rights and engaged in Daeshi and anti-security moves” in reference to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.
Amnesty International earlier this week renewed its call for Raisi to be put on trial for “crimes against humanity.”
He supports the nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but said the U.S. must return to its commitments and first lift its unilateral sanctions imposed after abandoning the historic accord.
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