Blogger’s death in Iran offers look into government’s cyber patrols
Published November 22, 2012Associated Press
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – In his last blog entry, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his “big mouth” attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning.
“We will tear down your cruel cage,” Beheshti typed on Oct. 29 before signing off.
A day later he was arrested. Within a week, his family had collected his body. They began calls for an investigation that have been echoed by Washington, European allies and rights groups.
Arrests of activists and claims of abuse in detention are commonplace in Iran, but deaths behind bars are much rarer. Iran’s judiciary responded to the growing pressure and authorized an investigation. It claims three of Beheshti’s interrogators have been arrested while post-mortem reports are studied.