IRAN:
FREE 
SAEED
MALEKPOUR 

Sentenced to life imprisonment for creating a program that uploads photos to the internet. 

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URGENT: HELP AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RALLY TO FREE CANADIAN RESIDENT FACING TRUMPED UP CHARGES

"All I want is for my brother to be free, and returned to his home in Canada, and I want an investigation that will reveal the truth."  - Maryam Malekpour, sister of Saeed

A Canadian permanent resident originally from Iran, Saeed Malekpour made a trip in 2008 to visit his ailing father in Iran. He was arrested and accused on the grounds that an open source web program he created for uploading photos to the internet had been misused. In 2010, he was sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012.

While detained Saeed reported he was blindfolded and handcuffed while several individuals beat him with cables, batons, and their fists in order to force a confession. His televised ‘confession’ was the only ‘evidence’ used against him in court to secure his conviction. Saeed was then sentenced to another 7 years in prison for speaking out about the torture he experienced.

CANADIAN RESIDENT TORTURED, SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON AND DENIED MEDICAL CARE IN IRAN

Saeed’s sister Maryam has campaigned relentlessly for his release, and against the fabricated and unsubstantiated charges brought against her brother. As a result she was forced to flee Iran for Canada where she continues to advocate on his behalf.

Join Maryam and former prisoners Mohamed Fahmy, Homa Hoodfar, Hamid Ghassemi-Shall and Mostafa Azizi and demand the Iranian authorities release Saeed Malekpour from prison now. 


Learn more

Canadians rally to protect Saaed

Read coverage of Saaed's case in the Victoria Times Colonist and Toronto Star

Further action

Write a letter: Justice for Canadian resident Saaed Malekpour



Call on Iran to free Saeed Malekpour immediately. 

 
 
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Your Excellency 

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.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
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