Tehran: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Hojatoleslam Sadegh Ardeshir Larijani as the country's new chief of the judiciary, state television reported on Saturday.
Larijani, the younger brother of Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, replaces Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi and will head the powerful judiciary for five years.
Born in 1960 in Iraq's Shi’ite holy city of Najaf, Larijani has been a member of the powerful electoral watchdog, the Guardians Council, since 2001.
He is the author of several scholarly publications.
First Published: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 16:44