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Mirza Najaf Aghazadeh

Position during 1988 Massacre: Shari’a judge; head of the “Death Commission” of Eastern Azerbaijan Province

Present post and occupation: Administrative secretary of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi in Eastern Azerbaijan

Mandated by Khomeini and Mousavi Ardabili, he was a provincial Shari’a judge in charge of the final ruling on death penalty in the cities of Tabriz, Ardabil and Maragheh. During the 1988 mass executions, he signed the death sentences of at least 250 prisoners in Tabriz and 70 prisoners in Ardabil.