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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Mohammad Reza Naqdi

Born: 1953

Hometown: Najaf, Iraq

Position: Deputy Director of Intelligence, Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards and Head of Basij

“Those groups that chant slogans against the revolution’s values ... should know that they will be confronted by Basij.”




Known as the “Tyrant of the Campus,” Mohammad Reza Naqdi was born in Najaf, Iraq but moved to Iran following the revolution in 1979. In 1993, he became Deputy Director for intelligence of the “Quds Force,” a branch of the Revolutionary Guards tasked with exporting the Islamic Revolution. During 1997 and 1998, Naqdi was allegedly involved in the imprisonment and torture of Tehran mayor Qolam-Hossein Karbaschi as well as other prominent city officials. He is reported to be a “key figure” in the organization and financing of Ansar-i-Hezbollah, a group that was involved in the 1999 attacks on students at Tehran University.

Journalist and former Basiji, Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, claims that Naqdi was present during torture of protesters at Kahrizak prison in the summer of 2009. On January 5, 2010, Naqdi told the hard-line daily Kayhan “[a]nyone who objects to this [Islamic] revolution or the rule of the Just Jurisprudent is making futile efforts to bring the establishment to its knees. These people are either morally or financially corrupt or are drug addicts, and it is rare to find someone who has objections [to the establishment and the Supreme Leader] to have a healthy personal life.” He has blamed the demonstrations following the June 12, 2009 election on the United States.

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