I have been friends with Saeed since we became inmates. The sentence issued for Saeed is absolutely ridiculous and his trial was just a farce. One may realize this fact by knowing his judge (Mohammad Moghaisseh). This judge is so ignorant of computer facts that his remark towards another detainee of ward 350, named Amir-Hossein Tavakoli had become a joke among other inmates. After hearing Tavakoli’s vindication, in order to catch him off guard, judge Moghaisseh told him “assuming everything you just said is true, how do you justify the fact that we found a weblog in your house?” This is the level of the computer literacy of Saeed’s judge. For this reason Saeed asked for the intervention of a computer expert at his trial to comment on his accusations. If this request had been granted and the revolutionary guard had not interfered, Saeed would have certainly been acquitted. Even if we assume that Saeed was the administrator of a porn website, he would not have made such a big gaffe by leaving his signature under his hypothetical website and then going back to Iran.
The fact is that, since the revolutionary guard received a fund equivalent to 50 million US dollars in order to chase down and arrest the administrators and operators of porn websites (hence, their so-called “Mozzelin” project), they had to introduce someone (a victim in this case) as the operator of one of the most renowned Farsi porn websites to redeem themselves. It is still not clear who the actual administrator is; who knows if it wasn’t a setup in the first place? The process through which these confessions were made is a traumatic story and Saeed had explained that very clearly (in his letter).
It is very painful for me to learn about Saeed’s sentence because I know him very well despite the false image that the Islamic Republic Media have portrayed of him (unfortunately I was under the same influence before I met him in jail). I hereby testify that Saeed Malekpour is one of the best, happiest, most energetic, compassionate and innocent people I have ever met in my life. I always remember Saeed’s face with a smile, ready to help the others around him. I cannot imagine such an innocent and sincere person, god forbid… [may have committed such a crime]
I wrote these few lines because I felt a big responsibility [for Saeed]. Had I not known Saeed personally I would have been among those brain washed by the revolutionary guard’s allegations and would have [agreed to] sentence a human to death (as if they want to play God). But today I woke up [to this news], and my heart breaks. How could those people be such tyrants?
But friends, don’t give up hope. There is a saying (in Farsi) that goes: “An innocent head could be taken to the gallows but would never end up hanging”.
Let’s hope for his release.