Sattar Beheshti: Prisoner of the day

Blogger dies under torture in prison

Green Voice of Freedom: Exactly one week after his arrest by Iran’s cyber police, labour activist Sattar Beheshti has died as a result of torture at the hands of his captors, according to opposition reports.

Kaleme, a site close to Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, said on Tuesday that Beheshti had died under torture.

The Beheshti family were reportedly contacted by the authorities on Tuesday morning and told that they were to refer to Evin Prison to receive the 35 year-old’s body.

The website said it could not confirm Beheshti’s death because prison authorities had not yet handed over his body to the family.

“According to eyewitnesses who had spoken to family members held at Evin Prison, Beheshti had been severely beaten and tortured while under interrogation. Bruises and torture marks were noticeable on the political prisoner’s body, face and head,” Kaleme added.

Beheshti’s sister told Kaleme that her husband was contacted by the authorities and told to “prepare” Beheshti’s mother for the news.

“They told him to buy a grave, and to collect the body tomorrow [7 November]. That’s it! We know nothing else. We don’t know why they killed him, or what exactly happened [to him]. We don’t know what happened. My brother was well when he left the house. He left on his own two feet. Everyone saw that he was healthy. My brother didn’t even take headache pills.”

“They told [us] not to give interviews to anyone,” she went on to add.

“They said he had heart problems!”

Sattar Beheshti was arrested by Iran’s cyber police on national security charges on 30 October. After raiding his home and violently arresting the young activist, the security forces confiscated his personal belongings, including his computer and handwritten notes.

Beheshti was a worker in the city of Robat Karim, 25 kilometers southwest of the nation’s capital Tehran. He was his family’s only breadwinner and was reportedly active on the social networking site Facebook.

Launched in January 2011, Iran’s cyber police has been an important element in the state’s relentless crackdown on online activism.


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Shameful and barbaric!

by PArviz on

This is how this regime stays in power. They treat people anyway they like and the worst thing is that most people are not aware of these atrocities and if they are then most of them stay quite or indifferent.

I am not familiar with international law and such but I am sure it is possible to set up a committee/organization in defence of Iranian citizens who fall victim to this vicious regime. Every time they arrest, torture or murder a citizen for political reasons this committee should file for the arrest of the culprits (the leaders of the ruling mafia in Iran). With an international warrant issued for their arrest I am sure their movements around the world will become more limited and they might even think twice before they carry out their crimes.

We should make as much noise as possible for every single arrest and keep the regime under constant pressure. I think this is the duty of those of us who live in democratic and free societies.

We should not let the regime to get away with these barbaric crimes.


Down with the ENTIRE Islamic Republic!


Victim had complained of torture

by maghshoosh on

Sattar Beheshti had made a written complaint of his torture in prison, evidently w/ no meaningful attention or accountability from the authorities.  And, apparently, the authorities are not giving the family full access to the victim's body for burial preparations, and have threatened them.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

Which one is worse: death in prison or killing each other freely

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on


We need to understand what is important and what is not.

Let's concentrate on common issues and common grounds, instead of tormenting our fellow Iranians with harsh and insulting attacks.



Thanks to the USA, UK and France exploiting the majority of

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Iranians lack of wisdom in the past, we will see many more thousands of cases like this.   The ongoing terror of thought and daily brutality towards innocent people from the mullahs who were installed after an orgy of foreign funded extremism has been the USA/UK/Frances Mission Accomplished for iran.  Having learned from Lenin and how the German foreign secretary brought Russia to defeat from outside the west did the same to Iran.  

What is worse during these dark days of Iran, after all these future crimes are committed, Iranians need to be prepared to realize that the result of all this will not be to bring Iranians any closer to being able to have a hope for change.

And so the story goes that with out Iranians having a Head that serves the people, like the shah was doing and his father was doing and clearly neither khomeini and khameini are doing, Iranians will wallow in loss, depression, division and more than anything the cruel hope they bought in 1979 for dreams that are impossible to bring about from Irans current situation. 

It's a pity understanding is so weak among many of the old generation that even after seeing what has happened that Rastkhiz is still seen as having been a bad idea, instead of a stepping stone towards democracy, due to what Iranians were really capable of.  This is why his death is more tragic and more cruel because of 79. 

God Bless him and I pray he, his family and Iranians gets justice one day.



by Fred on

The only way to end the 34 years of barbarity by the Messianic Islamist Rapists, "reformers" and all is regime change.

These savages will not be civilized, will kill and rape Iranian men, women and children to the last day they're in power.