Rights groups: Iranian blogger dies in prison

04/19/2009 05:12 am 05:12:02 | Updated May 25, 2011

A young Iranian blogger jailed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah said that although there is not yet an official report about the death on Wednesday of Omid Mir Sayafi, "officials in the prison said that he committed suicide". Dadkhah said another prisoner in Evin, Dr Hessam Firouzi, " had warned officials in the jail of the state the young blogger was in. 3

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Reporters Without Borders said a lawyer for 29-year-old Omid Mirsayafi reported that the blogger died Wednesday at Evin prison. The group said Mirsayafi was sentenced last month to 30 months in prison after being convicted of insulting Iran's top officials in his blog. In July 2003, an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was arrested while taking photographs outside the prison during protests. 1

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Thursday it has launched a crackdown on several groups who had set up anti-Islamic and pornographic Internet sites. The Revolutionary Guards, set up to defend the Islamic republic, said it has "dismantled several networks that had set up anti-religious, anti-revolution and obscene Internet sites". 2

  1. Rights groups: Iranian blogger dies in prison (Yahoo Internet)
  2. Iran cracks down on anti-Islamic Internet sites (Yahoo Internet)
  3. Iran blogger jailed for Khamenei insult dies: lawyer (Yahoo Blogs)

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