Execution of web programmer in Iran may be imminent
A Canadian resident visiting his dying father in Iran was arrested in Tehran in 2008 and may be facing imminent execution. What was his crime? None. He wrote a Computer program you can use to upload pictures to the internet, which someone else used to upload porn and the programmer is taking all the ¨guilt¨ and being charged with “insulting and desecrating Islam”. He was not aware that someone was uploading porn using his program. Talk about stupidity, but this is what religion does when taken to the extreme (or seriously) and mixed with politics:
Malekpour, who is a Toronto resident, was arrested in October 2008 while visiting relatives in Iran. He was convicted in a short trial and was sentenced to death in October 2011, according to Amnesty International.
Iran’s Supreme Court confirmed the sentence on January 17. Malekpour’s lawyers have been unable to ascertain the whereabouts of his court files since Tuesday and fear this could be an indicator that an executioner could carry out the sentence soon, Amnesty said. A court official suggested to the lawyers that the file had been sent to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences, according to Amnesty.
Malekpour sent a letter from prison detailing beatings and other mistreatment at the hands of Iranian prison officials to obtain a confession, said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
You can read the rest of the CNN side of the story here.
According to The Iranian Times, the fact that Malekpour is Canadian may have something to do with how this case is being handled since both governments have a sour relationship:
The fact that Malekpour was a Canadian resident may have something to do with the way his case was handled. Iranian relations with Canada have been very sour ever since the July 2003 death in Iranian custody of Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old photo-journalist and dual Iranian-Canadian citizen. Since then, Canada has led the annual effort at the United Nations that always results in Iran being denounced for human rights violations.
Malekpour is not the only Iranian with Canadian links to be in trouble with the Islamic Republic. Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, a Canadian citizen and Toronto shoe salesman, has also been sentenced to death by Iran. Another Canadian citizen, Hossain Derakhshan, known popularly as the “blogfather” for his role in promoting blogging in Iran, is serving a 20-year sentence for those efforts.
It goes on to add that the Iranian regime is persecuting bloggers and Internet users. You can sign a petition to free Saeed here. It´s time to take action. For more information please visit the International Center for Human Rights in Iran.