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Free Saeed Malekpour

    Monday, April 16, 2018 - 17:04
    Saeed Malekpour

    Web programmer Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian national with permanent resident status in Canada, has been imprisoned in Iran since his arrest on 4 October 2008. He is serving a life sentence in Evin Prison.

    In late 2010, he was sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth” in relation to a web program he created for uploading photos to the Internaet.  The Iranian authorities said the program was used to upload photos to adult websites. The web program was open source and Saeed maintains the program was used by others, without his knowledge.

    His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012. Saeed was also sentenced at the same time to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on vaguely worded charges, including “insulting the Leader”, “insulting the President”, “insulting Islamic sanctities”, and “spreading propaganda against the system”. These charges were in relation to the web program as well as a public letter he wrote in 2010 detailing the torture he was subjected to while in pre-trial detention.

    Saeed has said that he was tortured and ill-treated following his arrest, including during an extended period of solitary confinement that lasted over one year. He has also said that he was denied medical care for the injuries he sustained as a result of torture and ill-treatment. His televised “confessions”, which he says were made under torture, were used as “evidence” to secure his conviction in court. His sister told Amnesty International that her brother’s forced televised “confessions” are the only “evidence” that was presented against him in court.

    Saeed’s arrest and sentencing was part of a larger operation called Gerdab (Whirlpool), which was conducted by the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Revolutionary Guards in 2008 which sought to crack down on online activities deemed “immoral” or “un-Islamic”.

    Please send appeals by post, e-mail and Twitter.  Messages and letters can be written in English, Persian, French, Spanish or Arabic.

    • Start with a sentence about yourself to make your message unique.
    • Call on the Iranian authorities to release Saeed Malekpour immediately and quash his conviction and sentence;
    • Urge the Iranian authorities to order a prompt, independent, impartial investigation into Saeed Malekpour’s allegations of torture and other ill-treatment and bring to justice anyone suspected of responsibility in a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty.


    Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

    Office of the Supreme Leader

    Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,

    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Twitter: @khamenei_ir (English), @Khamenei_ar (Arabic), @Khamenei_es (Spanish).

    And Copies to:

    Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani

    Head of the Judiciary

    c/o Public relations Office Number 4,

    Deadend of 1 Azizi Street

    Above Pasteur Street intersection

    Vali Asr Street

    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Write The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

    • Ask that Canada do everything possible to secure Saeed's release.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland

    House of Commons

    Ottawa, Ontario

    K1A 0A6

    Salutation: Dear Minister Freeland:

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