Iranian "Porn" App Programmer "Repents", Narrowly Avoids Death Sentence
December 3, 2012 12:01 PM
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Canadian government is upset by "unfair" treatment of its resident
Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian citizen residing in Canada, was given a rather stark reminder of the drastic differences between his home nation and his current working residence when he was arrested on a family visit.
It turns out Mr. Malekpour had created an app for a client, which was later used to post pornographic images online, a serious
violation of Islamic law
. Somehow Iranian authorities caught wind of this and the nation's Revolutionary Guard -- the nation's Islamist military/police organization -- arrested Mr. Malekpour when he was visiting relatives in 2008.
In 2010, he finally was tried before the nation's Revolutionary Court, a federal Islamist court. He was forbidden to defend himself. The court found him guilty and he was sentenced to death, in a decision harshly criticized by human rights advocates and Canada who complained that its former resident "failed to receive fair and transparent legal treatment."
sweeping internet revolution
that has occurred in recent years, the Revolutionary Court has made a special point of widely advertising cases like Mr. Malekpour's to "warn" citizens not to disobey the nation's strict Islamic law online.
Saeed Malekpour, visiting Niagara Falls, prior to his arrest. [Image Source: The Toronto Star]
But the accused
has been spared
of the most severe penalty -- death -- after making a plea where he "repented" for his actions. The decision to suspend the death sentence was announced on Eid al-Fitr, the day at the end of Ramadan where people of Muslim faith commit to charity and peacemaking. The holiday is known as a day on which Iran sometimes pardons prisoners.
Mr. Malekpour's lawyer announced the pardon on Iran's Mehr news agency, commenting, "After the sentence was confirmed my client repented for his actions. With this repentance, the death sentence has been suspended."
But the Revolutionary Court, according to
, has not officially announced the suspension. And even if it is, such decisions have been reversed in the past
The Toronto Star
. It points the case of Hamid Ghassemi-Shal, a Toronto shoe salesman who was accused of being a spy and sentenced to death. Mr. Ghassemi-Shal was similarly reported to be spared, but his family was recently informed that the death sentence had been reinstated. It is unknown if he has been executed, but in April 2012 his sister was told the execution was "imminent".
The stories serve as a grim reminder that while Iran has advanced remarkably in
terms of industry
, it remains very much entrenched in archaic and punitive legal traditions.
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RE: Family are always a pain
12/3/2012 12:49:09 PM
I gather the application wasn't intended to be used for pornography, but that it was. This allowed someone with a beef against him, be it family or friends, to get him arrested.
Unfortunately, even in democratic countries, there are so many laws, that someone with a grudge can often get you into hot water, though you won't get executed for it.
I too am baffled as to why he went back.
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