Akhmed Akhmedov

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SOVIET COURT ORDERS DEATH OF AZERBAIJANI

Published on November 20, 1988

Author(s): Associated Press

MOSCOW -- The Soviet Supreme Court has sentenced a man to death by firing squad for leading a mob that killed seven persons in ethnic riots this year, a witness said yesterday.

Kuryun Naganpetyan, a Moscow-based Armenian activist and painter, said the verdict against Akhmed I. Akhmedov from the republic of Azerbaijan was handed down Friday. It was the first death penalty issued by Soviet courts in connection with the Feb. 28 riots in the Azerbaijan city of Sumgait.