‘Execution imminent’ for Canadian tortured into ‘confessing’ he ran a pornography website in Iran
Last updated at 3:46 PM on 22nd January 2012
Saeed Malekpour, 35, says he was tortured into making a confession about the website on live TV and Iranian officials used the broadcast to give him the death sentence.
The software engineer’s family says the web software was only designed for uploading and sharing photos and that adult sites used it without is knowledge.
Human rights campaigners believe the hardline Islamist regime wants to use Malekpour as an example as it cracks down on Internet freedom ahead of elections.
Malekpour, who is a permanent Canadian resident on the path the citizenship there, returned to his native Iran in 2008 to visit his dying grandfather.
He was picked up off the street by plainclothes Iranian policemen and taken to Evin Prison.
He later appeared on Iranian TV with a video-taped confession admitting to posting pornographic images.
On the basis of that confession, he was convicted of ‘insulting and desecrating Islam’ and sentenced to death.