The legal case, dubbed as 'web log writer's case' by the Islamic Republic's judiciary is entering a new phase. Following the appointment of a committee to investigate this case, a report has been produced and submitted to the office of the President. His reaction to the findings of this report, many believe, is the final test of his commitment to the civil rights and liberties in Iran.
The committee, known as the 'Delegation for investigation and observation of IRI constitution', has reported to the president that many of the imprisoned members of this case have been under immense pressure and have endured physical and psychological torture while in prison.
Web log writing is a popular way for many young writers to publish their thoughts, which usually are critical of the Islamic political system and its policies in Iran.
A number of the arrested web loggers and journalist have confessed that they were guilty while they were in prison. After their release, although some of them said they did not make their confessions under any pressure two of them, Omid Memarian and Rozbeh Mirebrahim, told a different story to the investigating committee. They admitted that the confessions were taken, against their will, while they were put under immense pressure.
While the public is waiting to hear Khatami's reaction to this report, Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran's conservative prosecutor said these assertions are intended to smear the Islamic government's institutions. He called it a 'Blackening game' by the journalists and threatened that if they are proven wrong they would have to face grave consequences.
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