Iran Sentences Web Developer to Death
Via Amnesty International:
Iran’s Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence for Saeed Malekpour, 35, on Tuesday on charges of “insulting and desecrating Islam”. He could now be executed at any time.
Malekpour wrote a photo uploading application that was later used by a porn site. He claims this was done without his knowledge. In a letter translated by Persian2English, a human rights organization, Malekpour writes:
Some of the confessions they forced me to make were so ridiculous and far-fetched that they are not even possible.
For example, they asked me to falsely confess to purchasing software from the UK and then posting it on my website for sale. I was forced to add that when somebody visited my website, the software would be, without his/her knowledge, installed on their computer and would take control of their webcam, even when their webcam is turned off. Although I told them that what they were suggesting was impossible from a technological point of view, they responded that I should not concern myself with such things.
Image: Saeed Malekpour via Amnesty International.