By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
An informed source who does not want to be named has confirmed in an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda that Tehran's prosecutor has asked for the death sentence for jailed blogger Hossein Derakhshan, known by his nickname Hoder and also as Iran's "Blogfather."
The judge in the case has reportedly not issued a sentence
Rumors about the likelihood of a death sentence against Derakhshan, who has been in jail for more than a year, were reported earlier this week by some Iranian news websites bases outside the country.
Derakhshan's family has not publicly commented on the latest news about his case, which has led to concern among Iranian bloggers and rights activists.
The hard-line Fars news agency has reported that Derakhshan is facing a number of charges, including working with "hostile" governments, propaganda against the Islamic establishment, propaganda in favor of antirevolutionary groups, and insulting religious sanctities.
Derakhshan, a controversial blogger who holds dual Iranian and Canadian citizenships, was arrested in November 2008 shortly after returning to Iran from London, where he had been studying.
Derakhshan is credited with popularizing blogging in the Islamic republic.
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