Iranians Pay Last Respects to Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in Tehran to pay their last respects to the former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Tuesday.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials were among the funeral prayers at the Tehran University campus.

Rafsanjani’s casket was buried at the shrine of the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to whom the former president was a close adviser and confidant.

Rafsanjani, 82, died of heart disease on Sunday.

Born in August 1934 in Iran’s Bahreman, Rafsanjani was an influential politician and religious scholar.
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