Saeed Malek Pour Serving the 8th Year in Evin Prison
HRANA News Agency – June 4 was Saeed Malek Pour’s birthday, imprisoned for alleged cybercrimes in Evin prison. The graduate of Sharif University of Technology as one of the prominent victims of cyber proselytizing activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have served 320 days of his imprisonment in solitary confinement with torture and ill-treatment. Maryam Malek Pour, sister of the victim who has been sentenced to life imprisonment, says that Iranian authorities have not responded to any of the letters and requests of Saeed or his mother.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Saeed Malek Pour was arrested in 2008 in Tehran and was alleged by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s cyber army of managing the Persian pornography websites. Propaganda against the regime, blasphemy, insulting the Supreme Leader, insulting the president, relationship with the opposition groups and corruption on the earth, were other charges of Saeed Malek Pour, and he was sentenced to death and 7 and a half years imprisonment by Branch 28 of Islamic Revolutionary Court. This verdict was upheld in 2011 by the Supreme Court and was sent for execution on February 16, 2012, but it was later commuted to the life imprisonment by a degree of reduction.
Maryam Malek Pour, this prisoner’s sister said to HRANA’s reporter about the last status of his case: “So far, none of Saeed’s and my mother’s letters and requests has been unanswered by the authorities. He had never come to leave even for a single day.”
On the state of health of Mr. Malekpour in prison, she said: “He always says ‘I’m fine.’ But my mother said he had been weaker and thinner after visiting him.”
According to the recent program in the Canadian Senate to review the human rights situation in Iran, Ms. Malek Pour in response to the question of Canadian Senate Investigative Panel on the subject of human rights violations in Iran: “Mr. Akhavan spoke about Saeed and read my message in the Canadian Senate panel. No Canadian official has yet spoken about Saeed. It was shocking for me. How is it possible that they are talking about new relations with Iran but an Iranian citizen who has lived in Canada is in prison since 8 years ago?”
Ms. Malek Pour added: “I am asking the Canadian government when talking about human rights, at least speak about someone who has lived in Canada and his rights have been violated since 8 years ago. When talking about reopening the Canadian Embassy in Iran or about the relationship with Iran, which I personally agree with this, it is also great, but at least consider the rights of citizens like Saeed and other prisoners. Ask the Iranian government to release our prisoners in exchange for this cooperation, at least. I think Saeed has been in prison enough and has been tortured enough without a day off, without having basic human rights. He was sentenced with no evidences. This process leads to Saeed’s, my and all family members’ burnout. ”
It is worth noting, Saeid Malek Pour has said in a letter from the prison that he was held in solitary confinement, incommunicado and without access to books and newspapers and only had a Koran, a pray seal piece and a bottle of water for 320 days, and in all this time he was under pressure and torture. His father had died in March 2009, but he was informed about his father’s death, 40 days later in a 5-minute-long phone call.
Interrogators by pressure as well as telling that the film of the interviews will be used for funding “Gerdab” projects, and also by the promise of releasing him on the bail, could get him to confess before the cameras and broadcasted this interview without covering his face and during the third to seventh day after his father’s death which had a hard effect on his family.
Malek Pour also said that he could prove his innocence by investigating the case by an expert in computers and Internet.