Mostafa Pourmohammadi is the head of Iran’s National Organization for Inspection, a judicial agency overseeing the constitutionality and implementation of laws.
He served as Interior Minister in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first cabinet but was sacked due to conflicts, including financial disputes, with Ahmadinejad. After the dismissal, he became a critic of Ahmadinejad.
Pourmohammadi has been accused of playing a key role in Iran’s mass execution of thousands of political prisoners during 1980s, based on the orders of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Mostafa Pourmohammadi was deputy of the Intelligence Ministry’s foreign office from 1987 to 1999. During this period, agents of the ministry systematically engaged in extrajudicial killings of opposition figures, political activists, and intellectuals. These events came to be called Iran’s “chain murders.”
In 2005, Human Rights Watch called on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to relieve his interior minister for his involvement in grave human rights violation over two decades.
Pourmohammadi was considered a potential candidate in the 2009 Presidential election but never entered the race. However, he has recently said that “after 33 years of service in several vital posts, I feel responsible to run for office” in the 2013 Presidential Election.
Born in the holy city of Qom in 1959, Mostafa Pourmohammadi went to religious schools in Qom, Mashhad, and Tehran.