Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani | controversies

Controversies

Accusations

The names of the victims appear in the commemorative plaque in front of Mykonos restaurant in Berlin

Rafsanjani was sought by the Argentinian government for ordering the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires.[73] It was based on the allegation that senior Iranian officials planned the attack in an August 1993 meeting, including Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, Mohammad Hejazi, Khamenei's intelligence and security advisor, Rafsanjani, then president, Ali Fallahian, then intelligence minister, and Ali Akbar Velayati, then foreign minister.[74]

In 1997 during the Mykonos trial in Germany, it was declared that Rafsanjani, the then president of Iran, alongside Ayatollah Khamenei, Velayati and Fallahian had a role in the assassination of Iran's opposition activists in Europe.

Tension with Ahmadinejad

After his loss at the presidential elections in 2005, a growing tension between him and President Ahmadinejad arose. Rafsanjani has criticized Ahmadinejad's administration several times for conducting a purge of government officials,[75] slow move towards privatization[76] and recently hostile foreign policy in particular the atomic energy policy.[77] In return Ahmadinejad fought back that Rafsanjani failed to differentiate privatization with the corrupt takeover of government-owned companies and of foreign policies which led to sanctions against Iran in 1995 and 1996.[78][79] He also implicitly denounced Rafsanjani and his followers by calling those who criticize his nuclear program as "traitors".[80]

During a debate with Mir-Hossein Moussavi in 2009 presidential election, Ahmadinejad accused Hashemi of corruption. Hashemi released an open letter in which he complained about what he called the president's "insults, lies and false allegations" and asked the country's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to intervene.[81]

Tension with Khamenei

In his latter years, Rafsanjani had disagreements with Ali Khamenei who has the last say in everything in Iran. Khamenei even indirectly called Rafsanjani a traitor.[82] Khamenei acknowledged that he and Rafsanjani had differences after Rafsanjani's death,[83] and referred to Rafsanjani as Hujjat al-Islam (lower clerical rank than Ayatollah),[84][85][86] even though in reality Rafsanjani was of higher clerical rank, as Rafsanjani was an Ayatollah.

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беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Алі Акбар Хашэмі Рафсанджані
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Simple English: Hashemi Rafsanjani
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Akbar Hašemi Rafsandžani
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