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Iran: Residents of Borazjan: Our city is not a place of exile for murderers

 

INU - Residents of the city of Borazjan in Bushehr Province, Iran gathered last week to stage a protest against an Iranian court’s decision to use Borazjan as a place of exile in criminal cases. The BBC Radio website carried reporting from Borazjan in August 14, indicating that the protesters considered a recent exile sentence to be an insult to their city, and believe that such sentences damage the region’s reputation and have detrimental effects on public investment and private sector development.

Branch 1057 of Tehran’s criminal court announced last week that it had confirmed the sentence of Akbar Taghizadeh, a security officer charged with manslaughter against Sattar Beheshti. Taghizadeh is sentenced to three years imprisonment and a mandatory two-year exile in Borazjan.

Sattar Beheshti, a 32-year old blogger, was arrested on November 21, 2012 by the regime’s cyber police for his social network activities and charged with “acting against national security.” He died under torture and severe beating by the interrogators of the cyber police a few days later. Following domestic and international protests, the Iranian regime was compelled to charge a low level security agent with a crime carrying the mild, three-year prison sentence. The high-ranking regime officials who directed Beheshti’s arrest and torture have not faced arrest, questioning, or other consequences for their involvement.

 

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