General Naqdi, the head of Basij army, at a press Conference. Earlier in his career Naqdi served as the Iranian Police Force's Counter-Intelligence Chief and is also reported to have been involved in crackdowns of dissenting voices during the 1997-2005 administration of Khatami including the 1999 student protests. Amnesty International reported that in March 1999 Iranian authorities announced that General Naqdi, chief of police intelligence at the time, was to be tried in May 1999 by a military court along with 10 of his subordinates. 'The charges against them were believed to include 'unlawful arrest' and 'using torture to elicit confessions'. In October 2009 Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Naqdi commander of the Basij.