Web programmer Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian national with permanent resident status in Canada, has been imprisoned in Iran since his arrest on 4 October 2008. He is serving a life sentence in Evin Prison.
In late 2010, he was sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth” in relation to a web program he created for uploading photos to the Internaet. The Iranian authorities said the program was used to upload photos to adult websites. The web program was open source and Saeed maintains the program was used by others, without his knowledge.
His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012. Saeed was also sentenced at the same time to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on vaguely worded charges, including “insulting the Leader”, “insulting the President”, “insulting Islamic sanctities”, and “spreading propaganda against the system”. These charges were in relation to the web program as well as a public letter he wrote in 2010 detailing the torture he was subjected to while in pre-trial detention.