Obituary: Iranian Revolution’s Willing Executioner

Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani is being hailed by Tehran as a hero of the Islamic Revolution. But many will remember him as an executioner willing to cleanse Iranian society of anyone — possibly even his own sons — who opposed the regime.

Iranian authorities and state-controlled media are describing Gilani, who died on July 9 at a Tehran hospital where he was being treated for lung disease, as a “great jurist” and “brave judge” who led a “blessed life.”