Amid protests in Iran, a powerful leader emerges from the shadows

As Iranians take to the streets to protest the country’s strict Muslim dress code, they have chanted the death of a man who once wielded power in secret and now has a growing public profile – Mojtaba Khamenei, son of the leader supreme authority of the Islamic Republic.

Mr. Khamenei, 53, has no official position in the government. But US and Iranian officials have said he was responsible for his father’s business empire and was influential in appointing and sometimes overseeing key elements of Iran’s security apparatus, which has made the under intense scrutiny following violent clashes between police and protesters over Mahsa’s death. Amini, who died while in police custody for allegedly violating modest dress laws.


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