AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL | URGENT ACTION FOR SAEED MALEKPOUR

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL | URGENT ACTION FOR SAEED MALEKPOUR

17 February 2012
URGENT ACTION
WEB PROGRAMMER AT RISK OF EXECUTION IN IRAN

Web programmer Saeed Malekpour could be executed at any time in Iran. His death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 17 January 2012 and a court official has indicated that his death sentence may have now been sent for implementation.

Saeed Malekpour, a resident of Canada and Iranian national, aged 36, was again sentenced to death on 19 October 2011 by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, and it was confirmed by Branch 32 of the Supreme Court on 17 January 2012. On 14 February 2012, one of Saeed Malekpour’s lawyers visited both courts to ask about his case, but learned that the file was being held at neither court. Comments from a court official suggested that this is because Saeed Malekpour’s file has been sent to the Office of Implementation of Sentences.
Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death for “insulting and desecrating Islam” after a programme he had developed for uploading photos online had been used to post pornographic images without his knowledge. Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to death in October 2010 following a trial that reportedly only lasted 15 minutes. After a June 2011 announcement that the Supreme Court had returned the case for further review, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court imposed again the death sentence as well as prison sentence of seven and a-half years. Amnesty International understands that although he has legal representation now, for much of his detention Saeed Malekpour has had no access to legal counsel.

Saeed Malekpour had been living in Canada since 2005, but was arrested in October 2008 while visiting his family in Iran. He was allegedly tortured while held for over a year in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison. In 2009, Iranian state television repeatedly aired a “confession” by Saeed. In an open letter dated March 2010, Saeed Malekpour stated his “confession” was extracted after prolonged torture following orders by Revolutionary Guard interrogators.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Saeed Malekpour’s Case

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Persian, English or your own language:

  • CALL on Iranian authorities to not execute Saeed Malekpour
  • CALL on Iranian authorities to disregard as evidence in court “confessions” which may have been coerced
  • EXPRESS concern that Saeed Malekpour did not have a fair trial
  • Remind Iranian authorities that under international law, the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences”.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 30 MARCH 2012 to:

1. Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: info_leader@leader.ir
Twitter:  @khamenei_ir
Salutation: Your Excellency

2. Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani

[care of] Public relations Office
Number 4, 2 Azizi Street
Vali Asr Ave., above Pasteur Street intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: bia.judi@yahoo.com (subject line: FAO Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani)

Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:
3. Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani

High Council for Human Rights
[Care of] Office of the Head of the
Judiciary, Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave.
south of Serah-e Jomhouri
Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: info@humanrights-iran.ir (subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)

4. Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

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