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02/17/12

Iran: Death sentence proceeds for software designer

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The death sentence for Saeed Malekpour has been forwarded to the enforcement branch of the Iranian judiciary.

The Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA) reports that Malekpour, a software designer charged with creating indecent and pornographic websites, is now in imminent danger of being hanged. His lawyers have reported that his sentence has been delivered for execution.

In June, 2011, Malekpour's death sentence was annulled after his lawyer disputed the charges against him and criticized the unjust sentencing. The Supreme Court acknowledged the discrepancies in the case and called for further investigation.

According to RAHANA, "In an illegal proceeding, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, with no warning and without adhering to the Supreme Court's recommendations, reinstated the death sentence."

Malekpour, 35, is a resident of Canada and was arrested in Iran three years ago when he had travelled there on a visit.

After his arrest, state television aired his alleged confessions to the crimes; however, Malekpour has since recanted, saying the confessions were extracted during torture and physical abuse.

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