Stop Fundamentalism – Sattar Beheshti who died in custody of Iran’s Cyber Police last month was beaten, Iran’s State Prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi told reporters today.
Sattar Beheshti, a dissident blogger, was arrested by Iran’s Cyber Police on October 30 for writing articles on his blog against the government and its policies in Iran. He wrote in one of his last blog entries that he has been threatened to death by email, messages on his blog and also by phone calls.
Beheshti died under torture in prison after 8 day’s in custody, says his family.
Ejehi however denied that the beating was the cause of Beheshti’s death.
“Sattar Beheshti was beaten as physicians reported, but no injuries that would cause death was seen on the body,” said Ejehi adding, “they reported some bruises from 4 to 5 days before the death.”
Ejehi said that following investigation about Beheshti’s death, 7 were arrested but two or three were released afterwards. He also stated that as the result of the investigations, it was apparent that there was negligence on the part of the commander of the Cyber Police and consequently he was released of his duty.
Beheshti’s death has drawn considerable international attention to the situation of human rights in Iran and specially treatment of journalists and cyber activists.