Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
Web programmer Saeed Malekpour, a permanent resident of Canada and Iranian national, is serving life in prison in relation to a web based program he developed which was used to post pornographic images to the internet. This was an open source program and Saeed Malekpour has denied all knowledge of the program being used for this purpose.
He was further sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on vaguely worded charges, including “insulting the Leader”, “insulting the President”, “insulting Islamic sanctities”, and “spreading propaganda against the system” in relation to the web program he created and a public letter he wrote in 2010 detailing the torture to which he was subjected while in pre-trial detention. His death sentence has now been commuted to life imprisonment. He has been in prison since 4 October 2008.
I respectfully call on you to:
- Release Saeed Malekpour immediately and quash his conviction and sentence;
- Order a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into Saeed Malekpour’s allegations of torture or other ill-treatment. Bring to justice anyone suspected of responsibility in a fair trial, and without recourse to the death penalty.