Saeed Malekpour: Prisoner of the day

Awaiting execution

BBC and ICHRI: Fifty one former cellmates of Saeed Malekpour, a prisoner on death row, stated in a letter that charges leveled against Malekpour "do not fit his character," and that "his confessions were extracted under torture," according to BBC Persian website.

The statement's signatories are all former inmates at Evin Prison.

Saeed Malekpour has been charged with "propagating against the Islamic Republic of Iran," "insulting sanctities," "insulting the Supreme leader," and "corruption-on-earth."

"Saeed has told us over and over again that his confessions were made under torture, psychological and mental pressure, and long solitary confinement periods, and he still bears signs of physical torture on his body," the letter continued.

Security forces arrested Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour, 36, an internet software developer, when he returned to Iran in 2008 to visit his ailing father. He appeared on Iranian state TV in 2009 and confessed to charges raised against him. In October 2010 he was sentenced to death on charges of “insulting Islamic sanctities,” for alleged “management of pornographic websites.” The Supreme Court overturned the sentence in November 2011 and forwarded his case to the Revolutionary Court for deficiencies in investigations and insufficient evidence. Even so, the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence on 30 January 2012.

Saeed Malekpour's sister, Maryam Malekpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in early February 2012 that her brother was put under pressure recently to make television confessions against himself. “[Security forces] have even threatened him that they would arrest me,” his sister said. “They told him, ‘Say you’re remorseful on TV, and we will help you.’”

Since the death sentence was upheld on 30 January 2012, “[Saeed] has been pressured to make confessions before a television camera, which he has fortunately not accepted,” Maryam Malekpour told the Campaign.

Maryam Malekpour continued, “The fact that they have been putting him under pressure for a television interview over the past two weeks shows that they have no evidence other than his confessions for justifying his death sentence. They want to justify their legitimacy this way. Saeed is innocent. He was a gifted student at Sharif University; his [entrance exam] ranking was 23rd in the College of Material Science Engineering. They want to sacrifice Saeed and others like him for proving a point that is unknown to me. I don’t know what to say; I don’t understand it. Saeed is a victim of a political game.”

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is interviewed about Saeed Malekpour on CTV:


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by kazem0574 on

I was only signatory #224, this needs thousands of signatures.


it is a disgrace

by shushtari on

that you have this guy, along with hundreds of other iranians about to be murdered by the vile mullahs simply for political purposes


as I always say, with each passing day, the shah deserves more and more praise- it is sad to see our innocent hamvatans dying like this 

Mohammad Ala

Human life is a terrible thing to waste.

by Mohammad Ala on

Those who believe in God, they should know who gave life to a person, therefore, a human life must not be taken away by other human beings.


Thank you all

by Rebecca on

Thank you everyone for signing the petition. 

I feel so helpless and the only thing I can do is finding petitions to sign. It may work one day.

If you are interested, here is another one from United4iran:


Please sign. Every little effort counts. Long Live Iran!


 Dear Rebecca: Thank you

by vildemose on

 Dear Rebecca: Thank you so much.

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Nazy Kaviani


by Nazy Kaviani on

Friends, please never give up trying to save someone's life with whatever means is available to you, even when things look really bleak and hopeless.

Signing petitions is not futile. Please sign, please keep at raising awareness about Saeed Malekpour's case. He is innocent and his death sentence is illegal, even under the Islamic Republic's own laws.

When we sign petitions on behalf of prisoners of conscience, we show the Iranian government that there are people living in the free world who know about these prisoners and who care enough to make noise about their plight. Raise the cost of state-sponsored murder of our fellow countrymen and women by raising awareness.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

Done and distributed !

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Taking his life would be a terrible tragedy. He is innocent and must go free. Carrying out the death sentence would mean war on the Internet community.

Signed the petition. Thanks


Signed - using a modification of Zendanian form-letter below

by MM on

Free Saeed Malekpour!

I am writing this letter to condemn the persecution and harrassment of Mr. Saeed Malekpour.  In particular, I express my concern regarding how Mr. Saeed Malekpour has been unjustly incarcerated and condemned to death because of forced confessions.

I demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Saeed Malekpour, and all other political prisoners, and call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the right of all Iranians.


Signed .

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Thank you Rebecca for the link. I'd also pray if my once strong belief in God was not absolutely demolished by all the crimes committed in his name, like the planned murder of this man... 

Let us not forget, that Islamist regime's hapless terrorists' first port of call in bangkok was a brothel. Now the same regime wants to execute this man on charges of "managing a pornographoc site"....

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Gladly Signed

by Bavafa on

thanks for the effort.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Please sign the petition

by Rebecca on

Here is a petitiion for Saed. Please sign:


My prayers are with Saed and his family.



How far Muslims are welling to go to show off their evil side?

by عموجان on

As far as to destroy their smartest and brightest generation because dumbest and laziest are only worth keep alive, it is easier to make them believe in their garbage.

He is becoming symbol of what is happening to young generation in Iran” executed to keep Muslim executer employed”. 

Soosan Khanoom


by Soosan Khanoom on

Yes, indeed ... as i said it many times before.. with friends like this who needs enemy ...

More importantly, the damage that VP gang has caused to Islam , Devil himself could have not done it ...

If they continue with these shameless acts of theirs ... then they are not going to stay in power for that long.  That is the nature's law ... What goes up must come down ...  


IRI is simply dumb

by Abarmard on

Besides the external threats, which are separate from the system itself, IRI doesn't work to create a (at least) better image of self. The problems with works of IR are that it also allows Western warmongers justify their reasoning for a war with Iran. For Iranians this translates to “choob e doe sar goh”!

Excuse my expression. 



Doorood bar tamame Iranian e mobarez...

by Bavafa on

Capital punishment is merely a State sponsored murder and when it is applied to political prisoners, whose crime is only to seek their basic human rights is murder of grand scale.  These brave bunch have risked their lives and livelihoods for Iran and Iranians and as such they deserve our full attention and support for their immediate and unconditional freedom.

 My salute to each and every one of these brave souls.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



 Where is NIAC?? Where IS

by vildemose on

 Where is NIAC?? Where IS CASMII???

Where is NIAC's petiton? Where are articles after atricles coming out of their pundit-writer mill??

If we can't hold these organization accountable for their action or non-action how can we expect to hold the IRI when the day reckoning comes??

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


 Ist there a petition

by vildemose on

 Ist there a petition available?

Does Amnesty international have petition going??

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Defend and Support Saeed Malekpour!

by Zendanian on

Sample Protest letter:

Please take a moment to send this protest letter or use your own version:


Free Saeed Malekpour!

I (we) am (are) writing this to condemn persecution and harrasment of Mr.Saeed Malekpour

In particular this letter is written to express my (our) serious
concern about how Mr. Saeed Malekpour been  unjustly incarcerated, and condemned to death becuase of forced confessions.

I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional
freedom of Mr. Saeed Malekpour, and all other political prisoners,
and call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the right of all
Iranians to  organize, assemble and freedom of  association and




Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:,,;;,,,;