Death Sentence in Iran for Canadian Resident

Death Sentence in Iran for Canadian Resident

Tehrān : Iran | Dec 06, 2010 at 4:48 AM PST
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In a case rife for human rights abuses and involving torture, according to supporters, a Canadian born Iranian resident, Saeed Malekpour, has been sentenced to death Saturday. The Iranian judge that delivered the sentence told Malekpour's supporters that the sentence was not his, but one ordered by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Saeed Malekpour became a resident of Canada in 2004 and traveled back to Iran to visit his ailing father in October 2008. He is a website developer, who was charged with Internet offences. He has been held in Teheran's Evin Prison in relation to those offences.

According to the regime, Malekpour developed a program which turned out to be an adult website. He was charged with "taking action against national security by designing and moderating adult content websites," "agitation against the regime" and "insulting the sanctity of Islam." His supporters claim that Malekpour was unaware that his software was being used as an adult website.

Last March Malekpour wrote an open letter to Iranian officials alleging forced confessions, torture which includes lashings, and physical abuse resulting in broken teeth and bodily infections.

"Most of the time, the tortures were performed by a group," he wrote. "While I remained blindfolded and handcuffed, several individuals armed with cables, batons and their fists struck and punched me."

According to Malekpour the mistreatment was aimed at forced confession in front of a camera, dictated by his interrogators.

His support group has send a petition to the House of Commons calling for the Canadian Government to appeal to the Iranian Government for Malekpours release.

While the Canadian Government should address the alleged human rights abuses and torture, there also is a responsibility for the UN to address such issues. These incidents of human rights abuses appear repeatedly and if this is not a UN issue, what is?

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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