Web programmer Saeed Malekpour, is a permanent resident of Canada and an Iranian national. He has been imprisoned in Iran since 2008 when he went home to visit his ill father. He was originally sentenced to death in 2010 on charges including "acting against national security by spreading propaganda against the system" and "insulting and desecrating Islam."
His sentence was reduced to life in prison on charges of “insulting and desecrating Islam” in 2012 after wide spread public outcry from human rights organizations around the world
During his imprisonment he has been held in solitary confinement for close to 12 months tortured and forced to make false confessions.
It is alleged a web-based program he developed was used to post pornographic images to the internet. Saeed Malekpour has denied all knowledge of the program being used for this purpose.
His sister Maryam is a resident of British Columbia and has been advocating for his release and calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene.
“Saeed is so depressed now,” Maryam stated in a recent interview with the Toronto Star. “He was hoping for a pardon or at least a furlough from prison, which others have had. But Iran rejected that.
We believe that if the Canadian government doesn’t advocate for him, there will be very little hope.”
An appeal from Saeed's sister
‘I won’t stop fighting until he’s freed’: Sister of Canadian man ‘beaten and electrocuted into confessing’ to creating a porn website in Iran begs for his release
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Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour on death row in Iran