Iran suspends death sentence of programmer

December 03, 2012 - 5:46:12 am

DUBAI: Iran has suspended the death sentence of a computer programmer convicted of running a pornographic website after he “repented for his actions,” his lawyer was quoted as saying yesterday.

Malekpour, an Iranian citizen and Canadian resident, was arrested in 2008 while visiting relatives in Iran, according to Amnesty International.

Although Iranian authorities accused him of running a pornography site, Amnesty has said the charges appear to stem from a software programme created by Malekpour that was used without his knowledge to post pornographic images. Such images are illegal in the Islamic republic.

Malekpour’s lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei told Mehr news agency that his client had repented for his actions after his death sentence, issued by the Revolutionary Court, was confirmed by Iran’s Supreme 


“After the sentence was confirmed my client repented for his actions. With this repentance, the death sentence has been suspended,” the lawyer told Mehr.