Interrogating agents from the Revolutionary Guards (IRG) transferred prisoner Saeed Malekpour to solitary confinement and demanded that he make another televised confession in order to have his death sentence revoked.
Human Rights House of Iran reports that interrogating agents from the Cyber Intelligence unit of the IRG who have been attempting to build a case against Saeed since his arrest have now given him an ultimatum in exchange for being transferred to Evin’s public ward and avoiding execution. They have demanded that Saeed again partake in a false televised confession against himself. In the past days, agents from the “Special Forces unit combating organized crime” transferred Saeed to solitary confinement, and then back to the IRG prison area comprised of very small cells each holding a few prisoners.
Saeed has refused to accept the conditions set by the same interrogating agents who have insisted on the death sentence against him. This move by the interrogating agents has caused great concern; it comes a few months after without warning, the courts re-issued the death sentence that had been struck down by the Supreme Court.
Branch 32 of the Supreme Court, which was in charge of Saeed’s court dossier and had overturned the first death sentence, had not been notified when the death penalty was reinstated for Saeed Malekpour. A different branch of the judiciary with unclear alliances ignored the reversal by Branch 32 of the Supreme Court that had returned the case for further review, and in an unexpected move, re-imposed the death penalty for Saeed without review. Judge Moghiseh presiding over branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court handed down the first death sentence and reissued it after it was struck down.
In November 2011, for the second time Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Saeed Malekpour to death along with 7.5 years in prison. Malekpour has spent a total of 11 months between solitary confinement and cells with very few people in Ward 2A of Evin prison with is controlled by the IRG and is not under the supervision of the prison corps.
When he was first arrested, Saeed spent 6 months in solitary confinement where he endured severe mental duress and physical torture. To date, this engineer and web programmer has spent 3 years and 4 months behind bars.
Saeed Malekpour, born in 1975, is an engineering graduate who received his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Sharif University. He worked in Iran at a research center and as an inspector. He was a resident of Canada before his arrest. He was accepted to Canada’s Victoria University and had moved there for his graduate studies. Saeed had travelled to Iran from Canada to visit his ailing father in 2008. While in Iran, plainclothes officials detained Saeed and transported him behind bars at Evin prison.
Saeed had lived in Canada since 2008 and while working as a developer he designed a program that would allow his clients to upload pictures. Per his lawyer and wife, this program was used in an adult content website without Saeed’s knowledge or permission. Saeed confirmed this in a letter he wrote from behind bars.