Iran unfazed by U.S. rhetoric, cleric says

TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A senior Iranian cleric said during Friday prayers the people of Iran were brushing off any potential military threat from the United States.
Iran suggests U.N. tied to assassination

Iran suggests U.N. tied to assassination

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist was the work of Western intelligence agents who may have got wind of him from the United Nations, Tehran said.
Iranian, IAEA officials to meet

Iranian, IAEA officials to meet

TEHRAN, April 23 (UPI) -- Iran's foreign minister will meet with the U.N. nuclear watchdog group in Vienna as an Iranian leader said the republic is a pioneer in nuclear disarmament.

Atonement open to opposition, Iran says

TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Supporters of the opposition movement in Iran should wake up to the fact that the path to atonement is still open, a leading cleric said during Friday prayers.

Hard-line cleric calls for Mousavi arrest

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Iranian reformist leaders such as one-time presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi should be arrested, a senior hard-line cleric says.
Iran threatens British embassy trial

Iran threatens British embassy trial

TEHRAN, July 3 (UPI) -- Iranian authorities indicated Friday they planned to put some members of the British Embassy staff in Tehran on trial, officials said.

Iranian cleric says U.S. should leave Iraq

TEHRAN, June 1 (UPI) -- An Iranian cleric in Tehran said Friday that if the United States wants security in Iraq, it should withdraw its forces.

Voting ends in Iran

TEHERAN, Iran, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Voting ended Friday evening in Iran's controversial general election, with the outcome generally expected to be a victory for conservatives.

Polls close in Iran elections

TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Voting ended Friday evening in Iran's controversial general election, with the outcome generally expected to be a victory for conservatives.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati
Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who chairs the powerful Guardians Council, speaks during Friday Prayer at Tehran University campus in Iran, on July 3, 2009. Jannati blamed Britain for instigating protests over Iran's disputed election. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati Massah (Persian: احمد جنتی, date of birth: 1927) is a hardline Iranian politician, fundamentalist Shi'i cleric and a founding member of Haghani school with close ties with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mesbah Yazdi. He is the conservative chairman of the Guardian Council, the body in charge of checking legislation approved by Majlis with the Constitution and sharia, and approving the candidates in various elections. He is also a temporary Friday prayer imam of Tehran. His son Hussein Jannati was a member of People's Mujahedin of Iran and was killed in a street battle by the Islamic Republic security forces in 1981.

He has been a member of the Guardian Council since 1980 and has been its chair since 1988. Ahmad Jannati wields considerable influence because he simultaneously holds seats in the Guardian Council, Expediency Discernment Council, and Assembly of Experts.

Jannati was one of the founders of Haghani School, one of the most influential religious schools in Iran, and has had an influence on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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