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Marashi in August 2014
|Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization|
2 June 2003 – 4 August 2005
|Preceded by||Mohammad Beheshti|
|Succeeded by||Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei|
|Chief of Staff of the President of Iran|
2 September 1989 – 20 August 1997
|President||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani|
|Preceded by||Hamid Sepehri|
|Succeeded by||Mohammad-Ali Abtahi|
17 November 1958 |
|Political party||Executives of Construction|
Hossein Marashi ( حسین مرعشی; born 17 November 1958 in Rafsanjan) is an Iranian politician. He served as the Iranian Vice President for Cultural Heritage and Tourism from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, Marashi represented Kerman in the Iranian parliament. He strongly backed opposition candidate Mousavi in the 2009 Iranian election. Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, another former president. He has been speaker of the Executives of Construction Party.
He was the head of the province of Kerman for nearly nine years. He founded a charity by the name of Kerman Molal-Movahedin Non-Profit Institute, which owns Mahan Air, an Iranian airline. In 2011, the charity was involved in a scandal when it was accused of buying airplanes on behalf of Mahan Air. The airline had been facing sanctions by the United States Department of the Treasury for allegedly transporting weapons and advisors to troubled areas such as Syria and Yemen. The claim that firm had any connection with these political actives was denied by members of its board, and Marashi himself.
As the head of Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, Marashi increased the budget of the organization. However, some of Marashi's opponents believe that he was responsible for the disappearance of invaluable historical pieces, and the destruction of historical buildings. These opponents claim that despite public pressure, he never took any action to stop the destruction of historical artifacts. Marashi supported the construction of the controversial Sivand Dam in the territory of Pasargadae The dam was constructed in proximity to the ancient city, and experts believe that if the dam burst, it could destroy several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On March 19, 2010 it was announced that Marashi had been jailed by the Iran, when a court of appeals upheld his one-year prison term. He was released from prison earlier than that, on January 25, 2011.
Marashi is a cousin of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's wife.
- BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8576834.stm
- BBC Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president.
- Marashi Jailed BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8576834.stm
|Chief of Staff of the President of Iran
|Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
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