Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran who died on Sunday in a helicopter crash, will be missed by a few in his country. But his death, under mysterious circumstances, should be a source of concern to Iran’s neighbours and Brics+ — the Global South grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China, SA and, lately, the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Iran and Egypt.

In Iran, he will be remembered as a young prosecutor and judge (later the head of the judiciary) who sent thousands of people deemed to be enemies of the regime to their deaths. This was before he won an election, widely believed to have been rigged, to become president...

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