Iranian-born Canadian Saeed Malekpour has reportedly been sentenced to death in Tehran. According to a Canadian Press report, the 35-year-old web developer’s conviction is linked to a program he made for what turned out to be an adult website. Malekpour was charged of “taking action against national security by designing and moderating adult content websites,” “agitation against the regime” and “insulting the sanctity of Islam.” Earlier this year, Malekpour penned an open letter to Iranian officials alleging forced confessions and torture. Malekpour’s supporters have sent a petition to the House of Commons in the hope that Ottawa will appeal the Iranian government and secure Malekpour’s release.
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