Morteza Bakhtiari

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Morteza Bakhtiari
Minister of Justice
In office
3 September 2009 – 15 August 2013
President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad
Preceded by Gholam Hossein Elham
Succeeded by Mostafa Pourmohammadi
Personal details
Born 1952 (age 61–62)
Mashhad, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Religion Islam

Morteza Bakhtiari (born 1952) is an Iranian politician who was the minister of justice from 2009 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Bakhtiari was born in Mashhad in 1952.[1]

Career[edit]

Bakhtiari served as the director of the state prisons organization of Iran from 4 March 1999 to June 2004.[2] He was named as the head of the justice department of the Khorasan Province in Mashhad in June 2004, replacing Ali Akbar Yasaqi.[3][4] Then he began to serve as the governor of Isfahan in October 2005.[5][6] He was approved by the Majlis as justice minister to the cabinet led by president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad on 3 September 2009[7][8] and replaced Gholam Hossein Elham as justice minister.[9][10] Bakhtiari won 225 votes in favor and 36 votes against.[11] 23 members of the Majlis did not attend the session.[11]

Bakhtiari was one of seven members of the committee that was tasked with carrying out the presidential elections held in June 2013.[12] His term as justice minister ended on 15 August 2013 and he was replaced by Mostafa Pourmohammadi.[13]

Sanctions[edit]

The European Union put sanctions on Bakhtiari and other two ministers in the form of a visa ban and asset freeze in October 2011 due to alleged human rights abuses.[14] The Treasury of the United Kingdom also put him among asset freeze targets in October 2011 due to the same reason.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Verordnung". Liechtensteinisches Landesgesetzblatt. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iranian paper examines problems awaiting new prisons chief". BBC Monitoring International Reports. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Larijani and Ahmadinejad to shuffle ministers". Etemad-e Melli. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Iranian head of prisons appointed". BBC Monitoring International Reports. 6 June 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sayyed Morteza Bakhtiari". UK for Iranian. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iranian government appoints four new provincial governors". BBC Monitoring International Reports. 9 October 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "List of Iran's new cabinet ministers". Xinhua (Tehran). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments". CIA. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Iran's Bar Association: Trying to Stay Independent, Open to Western Help". Wikileaks. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Alizadeh, Hossein (16 August 2011). "The Best Government from Constitutional Revolution to Date!". Iran Briefing. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Shoaei, Hanif (2 September 2009). "Iran's Parliament approves a hard-line Cabinet in Tehran". Demotix. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Karami, Arash (2 May 2013). "Iran’s Minister of Intelligence Attacks Rafsanjani". Al Monitor. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Iranian Parliament Gives Vote of Confidence to Majority of Rouhani’s Proposed Ministers". Fars News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Iran criticises fresh EU sanctions targeting ministers". Iran Focus. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Asset Freeze Targets". HM Treasury. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013.