A 50-year old Iranian blogger, Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari (aka Siamak Mehr), has been charged with “insulting the Prophet of Islam” and “enmity with God” or “waging war against God”, charges that could carry the death penalty in Iran. His trial on December 21, 2011 lasted only 15 minutes.
His daughter, Mitra Pour Sharjari, told Deutsche Welle’s Farsi service that her father told the judge he would not defend himself, because neither his lawyer, nor jury members, nor the media were there. He said, “One day, like Gaddafi, you will hide in a hole.” The judge replied that it makes no difference since, “Now we are here, and you, and people like you, will pay the price.”
Siamak Mehr was arrested in September 2010. In his blog, Iran Land’s Report, he would criticize the Islamic Republic and Islam with strong words.
In his last post on September 8, 2010 he said he considered Shi’ite clerics a mafia group who had wasted away Iran’s national resources since [the Islamic Revolution in] 1979.
Here is a video showing Siamak Mehr in chains, apparently on his way to court: