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Newly appointed state prosecutor Hojjatol-Islam Mohseni-Ejei might be one of Iran’s worst clerics, but you would think his official biography would at least say nice things about him. But RFE/RL reports that until a few days ago, the official bio on Mohseni-Ejei’s Website contained this not-so-flattering passage: As head of the special court for clergy ...

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TEHRAN, IRAN: Iran's intelligence minister nominee Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei listens to a member of parliament's speech at the Iranian parliament, 21 August 2005. He lashed out at the West and liberalism and vowed a culture that "promotes virtue and prohibits vice". Iran's new hardline President Mahmood Ahmadinejad presented his proposed cabinet to parliament Sunday, lashing out at the West and liberalism and vowing a culture that "promotes virtue and prohibits vice". AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Newly appointed state prosecutor Hojjatol-Islam Mohseni-Ejei might be one of Iran's worst clerics, but you would think his official biography would at least say nice things about him. But RFE/RL reports that until a few days ago, the official bio on Mohseni-Ejei's Website contained this not-so-flattering passage:

As head of the special court for clergy Gholam Hossein Moseni Ejei bit journalist Issa Saharkhiz during a fight at the weekly meeting of the press advisory council. Saharkhiz‘s complaint against him has not been investigated yet.

Akbar Ganji (eds: a prominent investigative journalist who has published a number of books and articles about the murders of political activists and intellectuals in the late 1980s) implicated him in the serial murders of intellectuals in his books.

Newly appointed state prosecutor Hojjatol-Islam Mohseni-Ejei might be one of Iran’s worst clerics, but you would think his official biography would at least say nice things about him. But RFE/RL reports that until a few days ago, the official bio on Mohseni-Ejei’s Website contained this not-so-flattering passage:

As head of the special court for clergy Gholam Hossein Moseni Ejei bit journalist Issa Saharkhiz during a fight at the weekly meeting of the press advisory council. Saharkhiz‘s complaint against him has not been investigated yet.

Akbar Ganji (eds: a prominent investigative journalist who has published a number of books and articles about the murders of political activists and intellectuals in the late 1980s) implicated him in the serial murders of intellectuals in his books.

It’s not clear where the passage comes from or if this was a case of hacking or incompetence. The Bush White House did something similar once, but at least it was for another country’s leader. 

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Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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