Supreme leader leads prayers for body of late Ayatollah Rafsanjani

IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led mass prayers for the body of the deceased Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony on Tuesday morning.

According to an official in the public relations office of the Expediency Council on Monday, the family of Ayatollah Rafsanjani decided to have him buried in the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran the Late Imam Khomeini in south of capital, Tehran.

The funeral procession started at 10 am at Tehran University on Tuesday.

Heads of the three branches of the government, members of the Expediency Council, cabinet members, president’s deputies, Majlis (Parliament) representatives, senior Iranian military commanders, Friday prayers leaders, provincial officials and a huge number of Iranians from all walks of life attended the ceremony.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82 due to a heart attack in a Tehran hospital.

Rafsanjani, a veteran cleric, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution and a leading politician, served in different positions after 1979 Islamic Revolution.