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Happy Birthday to Saeed Malekpour Paul Dewar, National Post: Proud to stand in…

03 Jun

Happy Birthday to Saeed Malekpour

Paul Dewar, National Post: Proud to stand in solidarity with Saeed Malekpour

Saeed Malekpour is a Canadian permanent resident, a software engineer — and an Iranian prisoner.

While visiting his terminally ill father in Iran in 2008, Saeed was charged with desecrating Islam. His crime: Software he developed was used by pornographers. Imprisoned without access to a lawyer in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, and allegedly tortured when he pleaded his innocence, Saeed eventually confessed to his supposed crime. The Iranian court promptly convicted him and sentenced him to death.

The criminalization of blasphemy is unconscionable in the 21st century, and it is abhorrent to impose a death sentence for pornography. But Saeed was not even the pornographer, any more than Alexander Graham Bell was the telemarketer. There is no evidence supporting his conviction, beyond his patently illegitimate and retracted confession.

Saeed’s case is obviously tragic on an individual human level. It is a terrible reminder that the situation in Iran is not just about some abstract concept of geopolitics. Real harm is being done to real people. These people who suffer today and yet continue to strive for a better tomorrow deserve our support.


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