Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR)– According to most recent updates on Saeed Malekpour’s case, Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi, Tehran prosecutor general, during a press conference announced that Mr. Malekpour has been notified of his death sentence and the case is sent to the Supreme Court for “the confirmation” of the death sentence.
According to Malekpour’s wife, he was notified of his sentence while in prison.
In this regard Fatemeh Eftekahri, Saeed Malekpour’s wife, in an interview with the “Committee of the Human Rights Reporters” expressed surprise at Mr. Dolatabadi’s public statements and denounced it for being biased. She said, “Two weeks ago Mr. Tabatabaee, Saeed’s defense attorney, submitted our appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Mr. Dolatabadi, Tehran general and revolutionary courts prosecutor announced that two separate judiciary branches have issued death sentence in the case of two managers of pornographic sites and this sentence has been sent to the Supreme Court for confirmation. But whenever the Supreme Court is involved it is because of an appeal case and not in response to a confirmation request. So Dolatabadi’s statement that the death sentence is pending the Supreme Court’s confirmation and not its appeal runs contrary to the principle of independence of the judiciary and reveals the existing pressures for a predetermined verdict.”
On the other hand, the issuance of death sentence for Saeed Malekpour has raised strong reactions among human rights activists and the Canadian government has officially expressed its concern over Malekpour’s sentence. Melissa Lantsman, spokesperson for Foreign Minister, in an interview with AFP said, “Canada remains deeply concerned by the continued flagrant disregard of the Iranian authorities for the rights of both Iranian and dual-national citizens”.
Fatemeh Eftekhari updated CHRR of her latest legal efforts, “At this state the case has been transferred to the Supreme Court and a legal appeal has been filed so we have to wait for the verdict now. But last week, they took him to the court for yet another accusation.”
Malekpour’s wife also added that in addition to her husband, a criminal investigation and arraignment is under way regarding her role in distributing Saeed’s public letter. According to her, “In this new criminal investigation, Saeed has been accused of national security crime and I’ve been accused of acting as his accomplice against the national security. They have even shows my arrest warrant to Saeed. These accusations are about the public letter in which Saeed revealed the tortures he was subjected to in prison. He wrote in that letter all his confessions were obtained under torture. The content of the letter was a plea for justice with the goal of informing the officials in the judiciary of his dire situation. Since all the accusations against him were based on his confessions, Saeed wanted to let the public know about the conditions under which he was forced to state those confessions”.
Eftekhari also added, “Before releasing this letter to the public I went to the Judiciary Head office, to Mr.Avaei and to anyone else who might have been able to help but because no one paid attention to my letter I released it to the public so that at least human rights activists, people, and those who watched Saeed’s confessions on television be informed of what has made him to say such nonsense against himself. Following this story, a new criminal case was opened for Saeed as the writer of the letter and for me as its distributor”.
Expressing concern about the transfer of her husband to the solitary prison of Sepah (IRGC) since two months ago, Fatemeh Eftekhari said, “Last time we talked to him on the phone, he sounded very tired and upset”. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran also released a statement on Feb 3rd reacted to Malekpour’s verdict. “
The issue is not whether crimes occur in Iran, but whether death sentences are based on real trials, with real evidence, and real cases presented by lawyers,” said Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign.
Saeed Malekpour, a graduate of Metallurgy from Sharif University, has been in prison since October 2008. Despite the letter in which he explained in detail the torturers used to coerce him into false confessions, in the preliminary stage he received death sentence. He is now awaiting his final verdict from the Supreme Court.