Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in a message expressed condolences on the demise of the late Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who passed away at 82 on Sunday.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani died on January 8 (Sunday) at the age of 82 due to a heart attack in a Tehran hospital.
He was a close ally to the Father of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini and also the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani was a veteran cleric, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution and an influential politician, who served in different positions in the post-1979 Islamic Revolution era.
In his message on the demise of the late ayatollah, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described him as ‘an old friend, a comrade and companion during the struggles of the Islamic movement, who was also a close colleague in the Islamic Republic of Iran over the last several years.’