Stop Fundamentalism – Iran’s Cyber Police Chief, General Mohammad Hasan Shokrian, was fired today for underperformance and lack of supervision over personnel specifically related to the death of 35-year-old blogger Sattar Beheshti who died in custody early last month.
Besheshti’s case received considerable media attention in the country and throughout the west. His case highlighted once again the extent of use of torture and mistreatment of prisoners inside Iranian prisons.
Beheshti was arrested on October 30, when the Iranian Cyber Police raided his house. He reportedly died in a matter of 8 to ten days after that in custody. Observers have seen injury marks on his body before he was buried.
Sattar Beheshti, before his arrest, wrote in his blog that he has been threatened through phone calls, emails and also comments on his weblog.
Iran’s Cyber Police was created as a control measure to counter growing dissident information flow through the media in the country. Iranian regime has blocked most social network websites such as Facebook and Youtube.