Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i

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Gholam-Hossein Eje'i
Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i in a press conference (1).JPG
Attorney-General of Iran
In office
24 August 2009 – 23 August 2014
Appointed by Sadeq Larijani
Preceded by Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi
Succeeded by Ebrahim Reisie
6th Minister of Intelligence
In office
2 August 2005 – 23 July 2009
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Ali Younesi
Succeeded by Heydar Moslehi
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 59–60)
Ejiyeh, Isfahan, Iran
Religion Islam

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i (Persian: غلامحسین محسنی اژه‌ای‎‎, Persian pronunciation: [ɢolɒːmhosejne mohsenije eʒei]; born 1956) was the minister of intelligence from 2005 to July 2009, when he was abruptly dismissed. He has also held a number of governmental posts since 1984. Currently he is the first deputy of Chief Justice of Iran.

Early life and education[edit]

Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei was born in Ezhiyeh, Isfahan, Iran in 1956.[1] He is a graduate of the Haqqani school in Qom[2] and one of his teachers was Mesbah Yazdi.[3][4] He also received a master's degree in international law from the Haqqani school.[5]


Mohseni-Eje'i served as the head of the ministry of intelligence's select committee from 1984 to 1985. Then he was the representative of the judiciary chief to the ministry of intelligence (1986–88). He served as the head of the prosecutor’s office for economic affairs from 1989 to 1990. Next he held the post of the representative of the judiciary chief to the ministry of intelligence from 1991 to 1994. His next post was the prosecutor of the Special Clerical Court which he held from 1995 to 1997. He was appointed minister of intelligence on 24 August 2005 after securing 217 votes in favor at the Majlis.[6] He was in office until 26 July 2009 when he was abruptly dismissed.[3] No reason was given for his dismissal,[7] but it was thought to be connected to his opposition to the appointment of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as first vice president.[3]

Shortly after his dismissal, on 24 August 2009, he was appointed prosecutor general of Iran by judiciary chief, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.[8][9] He replaced Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi in the post.[9]

Activities and views[edit]

On 15 July 2009, Mohseni-Ejehei told reporters that his ministry might publicize confessions made by people held for weeks without access to lawyers. He said "The confessions obtained from those arrested could be made public, should the Judiciary decide to air their remarks." Human rights activists raised concerns that "these so-called confessions are obtained under duress."[10]

After his dismissal Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised Mohsen-Eje'i as a good human being but said his removal was necessary as the ministry needed huge changes to cope with situation. He further said if ministry had done its job properly, there would not have been post-election bloody riots in which some people died, but he stopped short of criticizing Mohseni-Eje'i as responsible for them.[11]

He is considered to be a conservative hardliner affiliated with hardline cleric Mohammad Yazdi.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented his cabinet". Caucaz Europenews. 14 August 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Shmuel Bar; Shmuel Bacher; Rachel Machtiger (January 2008). "Iranian nuclear decision making under Ahmedinejad" (PDF). Lauder School of Government. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Sahimi, Muhammad (26 July 2009). "Ahmadinejad Sacks Ministers; Mashaei to Remain Close". PBS. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ David E. Thaler; Alireza Nader; Shahram Chubin; Jerrold D. Green; Charlotte Lynch; Frederic Wehrey (2010). "Factionalism and the Primacy of Informal Networks". Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads (PDF). Santa Monica: RAND Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Yonah Alexander; Milton M. Hoenig (2008). The New Iranian Leadership: Ahmadinejad, Terrorism, Nuclear Ambition, and the Middle East. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-275-99639-0. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iran: 17 proposed ministers receive votes of confidence, 4 rejected". Payvand. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Iran intelligence minister sacked". BBC News. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Iran's sacked minister appointed as prosecutor general. 25 August 2009
  9. ^ a b "Iran's sacked minister named top prosecutor". Al Arabiya. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Iran: Stop ‘Framing’ Government Critics". Human Rights Watch. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "فارسی - ايران - احمدی نژاد تغییر وزیر اطلاعات را به ناآرامی ها ارتباط داد". BBC. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Crisis as opportunity for the IRGC. Stratfor. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Younessi
Minister of Intelligence
Succeeded by
Heydar Moslehi
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi
Attorney-General of Iran
Succeeded by
Seyed Ebrahim Reisie

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