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February 9, 2011

"Iranian web programmer faces execution on porn charges"

The title of this post is the headline of this article from The Guardian, which provides a little comparative perspective concerning the severity of US sentences for child porn offenses.  Here are the specifics:

A 35-year-old Iranian web programmer is facing imminent execution in connection with developing and promoting porn websites, charges that his family insist are trumped up.

Saeed Malekpour, a permanent resident of Canada who was arrested in October 2008 after his arrival in Tehran, is convicted of designing and moderating adult content websites, acting against the national security, insulting and desecrating the principles of Islam, and agitating the public mind.

Speaking from Toronto, Malekpour's wife, Fatemeh Eftekhari, said her husband has been informed of the verdict and has been transferred to solitary confinement for the sentence to be administered if the supreme court sanctions it.  She says her husband was a web programmer who had written photo uploading software that was used in a porn website without his knowledge.

Human rights groups have expressed alarm over a sharp increase in the use of capital punishment in Iran.  According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), 121 people have been hanged between 20 December 2010 and 31 January this year.  An ICHRI report published in mid-January said that Iran has hanged an average of one person every eight hours since the beginning of the new year.

Last week prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters in Tehran that two people had been sentenced to death for running porn websites, without naming the convicts.  "Two administrators of porn sites have been sentenced to death in two different court branches and the verdicts have been sent to the supreme court for confirmation," Dolatabadi was quoted by IRNA state news agency as saying....

Gloria Nafziger of Amnesty International in Canada, an organisation which has sought for Malekpour's sentence to be commuted said:  "Amnesty International is very concerned that Saeed Malekpour is facing a death sentence in Iran after an unfair trial and reports that he was tortured in order to confess to his crimes."

Last month Iran executed Zahra Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian woman convicted of drug smuggling, which resulted in a freeze of the Dutch diplomatic contacts with Iran.

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USA: Hey, we're better than Iran!

Posted by: Guy | Feb 9, 2011 5:31:09 PM

sorta. Of course like Iran we are the only other country that charges income tax on income earned OUTSIDE our jurisdiction.

Hell of a club we're in

Posted by: rodsmith | Feb 9, 2011 5:56:03 PM

A study of internet porn downloading required that a control group be found for comparison purposes. Study had to be suspended. No member of the control group could be found. Not one.

These Iranian cases make the tactic of demanding total e- and papyrus discovery of the prosecution side about 1000 times more compelling since the prosecution is out to kill. Make the motion all the way up to the top imam overseeing the court.

The other remedy is to capture, torture and kill the families of these Islamic extremists. Post the vid on Al Jazeera. To deter. I would urge the CIA begin a program for elderly patriotic Americans to carry suicide bombs on their Medicare funded Mobility Scooters right into their Mullah conventions. Nice way to go. To deter.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 9, 2011 9:00:25 PM

LOL good one SC...and i agree completly on this one.

Posted by: rodsmith | Feb 10, 2011 1:49:58 PM

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