FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2012
The IRGC Has Increased Pressure on Canadian Resident on Death Row in Iran
“Saeed Malekpour’s Death Sentence Has Been Confirmed…But, he STILL HAS NOT received a fair trial!”
Saeed Malekpour’s life is in imminent danger of execution when his appeal was rejected and his death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Iran. Saeed Malekpour can face execution at any time.
According to confirmed sources from inside Iran, a few days ago in Evin prison, “Cyber Army” interrogators transferred Saeed Malekpour, who is held in the IRGC-controlled ward AA, to a solitary cell. They demanded from the Canadian resident to give more false confessions in front of the camera. Saeed refused to cooperate so the interrogators returned him to his cell.
In 2008, the IRGC had tortured Saeed so severely that the freelance computer programmer was forced to give more than 30 hours of false confessions in front of the camera, “admitting” to obscenities that he later stated in a letter were extracted under torture”
Joining Saeed’s worldwide campaign as a spokesperson, Marina Nemat, author of “Prisoner of Tehran” and a former prisoner in Iran, recently said: “Since 1981, thousands of Iranians have been arbitrarily detained, tortured, and even executed. I was tortured in Evin prison in Tehran…Saeed Malekpour is one of the victims of the Iranian regime.”
People like Saeed, who have never received fair treatment by the Iranian Judiciary, risk execution because they are being used as scapegoats to fulfill the oppressive regime’s shameful crusade against humanity.
As the internal political and economical tensions rise in Iran, regime authorities are visibly becoming more desperate to “withdraw from the global Internet”, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. One such way is to kill Saeed Malekpour, or someone else who is currently condemned to death in Iran and held on Internet-related charges. Vahid Asghari and Ahmad Reza Hashempour are in imminent danger of execution too. Human rights activists and analysts believe that the regime’s main objective is to further vilify the act of information-spreading so Iranians become increasingly silenced by their own fear.
Fortunately, brutal assaults on the free-flow of information have moved the international community to speak out louder in support of suppressed citizens. Due to the sensitive nature surrounding Saeed Malekpour’s case, world leaders are urged to act immediately to save the Canadian resident from imminent execution. Additionally, concerned citizens, the media, human rights organizations, and other institutions concerned about Saeed’s life are encouraged to talk and write about Saeed.
The united efforts of the international community could help save Saeed’s life.
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi
Human rights activist
Coordinator, Saeed Malekpour Campaign
Phone: +416 845 0453