Monday, January 31, 2011

Iranian courts in the Islamic state have sentenced two people to death for running porn sites, prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said

"Two administrators of porn sites have been sentenced to death in two different (court) branches and (the verdicts) have been sent to the supreme court for confirmation," Dolatabadi said, without naming the two convicts. In December 2010, Canada expressed concern over the reported death sentence handed down to an Iranian-born Canadian resident for allegedly designing an adult website. Saeed Malekpour, 35, was convicted of "designing and moderating adult content websites," "agitation against the regime" in Tehran, and "insulting the sanctity of Islam," according to an online campaign calling for his release. Malekpour was detained in Iran after returning in 2008 to visit his ailing father. He was sentenced to death in December 2010. The Netherlands froze contacts with Tehran after the recent hanging of an Iranian woman with Dutch citizenship for drug smuggling, having initially been arrested for taking part in anti-government protests. Adultery, murder, drug trafficking and other major crimes are all punishable by death in the Islamic republic of Iran.

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