Iranian court upholds programmer’s death sentence

Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian programmer who developed software that was used on an online porn website has had his death sentence upheld by an Iranian court.

Malekpour was convicted of “insulting and desecrating Islam”, after software he developed enabled photos to be uploaded online. The software was used without his knowledge on a pornographic site without his knowledge according to Amnesty International.

The programmer was a permanent resident of Canada when he was arrested in October 2008 during a holiday to Iran. He spent more than a year in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer in Tehran’s Evin Prison, according to a report by The Guardian.

Malekpour confessed on state television that he was connected to a porn site.

Read the full story at: Cnet.

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Iranian court upholds programmer’s death sentence