Web programmer Saeed Malekpour, is a permanent resident of Canada and Iranian national. He has been imprisoned in Iran since his arrest in October 2008. In late 2010 he was initially sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth” in relation to a web programme he created for uploading photos which the Iranian authorities said was used on pornographic websites. . His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012.
During his imprisonment he has been held in solitary confinment and he reports he was tortured into making a false confession.
It is alleged a web based program he developed was used to post pornographic images to the internet. Saeed Malekpour has denied all knowledge of the program being used for this purpose.