No Justice for the Murdered Iranian Blogger

It was a while ago that news broke out that the Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was murdered under torture.


Via Wikipedia:

Sattar Beheshti (Persian: ستار بهشتی‎) was an Iranian blogger who died in early November 2012 several days after being arrested by the Iranian Cyber Police unit for criticizing the government of the Islamic Republic on Facebook, and after making a signed complaint of being tortured while in custody. His reported death has drawn international condemnation and led to the dismissal of the commander of Iran’s cybercrimes police unit.


His website “My Life for My Iran” at was not a major blog, and had fewer than 30 viewers in October. But although he “was regarded as a relatively minor figure” among Iran’s bloggers, according to the New York Times, Beheshti’s death “has provoked outrage among both opponents and supporters of Iran’s leaders”.

On October 22, 2012, Beheshti posted a criticism of the Islamic Republic on his blog addressed to the Supreme Leader. Beheshti stated that the judicial system of the Islamic Republic was “nothing but a slaughterhouse,” and that “the sentences and … the executions carried out … were not out of a desire for justice – but were aimed at terrorizing the people! So that no one will complain!”

In a blog post a day before his arrest, Beheshti wrote: “They threatened me yesterday and said, ‘Your mother will soon wear black because you don’t shut your big mouth’”.

Then they began a trial for his murderer. He wasn’t charged with murder, but quasi-murder, and now he has been convicted today – he has been convicted to only three years in prison.

In comparison, Ahmad Zeidabadi, an esteemed journalist whose “crime” is “insulting the Supreme Leader”, has been convicted to 6 years in prison, 5 years in exile, and a lifetime ban on social and political activities.

About Kaveh Mousavi

Kaveh Mousavi is the pseudonym of an atheist ex-Muslim living in Iran, subject to one of the world’s remaining theocracies. He is a student of English Literature, an aspiring novelist, and part-time English teacher. He is passionate about politics, video games, heavy metal music, and cinema. He was born at the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. He has ditched the Islamic part, but has kept some of the revolutionary spirit.

  • Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Kaveh, you stay safe please :(

  • Infidel753

    My thought too. Be careful. But you knew all along how dangerous these people are.

    So “insulting the Supreme Leader” is against the law? Always the mark of an regime that fears its people. If insulting the President of the US were illegal here, 90% of our cartoonists, bloggers, editorialists, and stand-up comedians would be in prison.

    • Kaveh Mousavi

      It would be helpful to know what was his “insult”. He wrote an open letter to Khamenei, but didn’t call him the Supreme Leader, only Ayatollah Khamenei.

      The right wingers get away with really viscous insults against Rouhani and the reformists though. The kind that would cause all respectable people to stop listening to them, like when Rush called Sandra Fluke a “slut”. It’s very apparent that one side can’t even criticize in a civil manner and the other can use every uncivil argument tactic and character assassination.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Yikes! Scary and sad and infuriating news.

    Hope you are okay Kaveh.

  • sh3baproject

    stay alive kaveh! your blog is amazing and infomative!

    also, the insult was nothing more then calling the supreme leader by his name? wow, small ego im guessing if he jails someone for not calling him supreme leader :/

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