A Canadian Permanent Resident, sentenced to death in his native Iran after writing a PC program, is reportedly being threatened and tortured in prison.
His jailers are seeking to extract a televised confession of his involvement in an adult website.
Saeed Malekpour has an untreated fractured skull and dislocated jaw, amongst other injuries, according to his sister. He has also been warned that members of his family face arrest, if he shows no remorse. The Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death penalty in his case.
He has been found guilty of managing an obscene internet site, after his name and e-mail address were found embedded in the HTML coding. It is a charge for which his family and supporters maintain he is innocent.
Maryam Malekpour told the International Campaign for Iranian Rights that her brother has been pressured by security forces, since the guilty verdict stood on January 30th 2012.
She continued, "The fact that they have been putting him under pressure for a television interview over the past two weeks shows that they have no evidence other than his confessions for justifying his death sentence. They want to justify their legitimacy this way."
Ms Malekpour said that no doctor or surgeon has been called to see Saeed, despite the visible fractures around his head and face. She believes that her brother has been told by the authorities that, unless he speaks out against himself, she will be incarcerated too.
Meanwhile, ten fellow prisoners in Evin Prison, where Saeed is being held, have written an open letter detailing more ill-treatment witnessed against him. They report that he's had his teeth pulled out with pliers and a stun gun has been used to administer electric shocks. Saeed has also received floggings with cables and wires, in addition to the mental trauma of prolonged solitary confinement.
But the software developer has resisted all attempts to coerce him into a public expression of guilt.
His supporters state that he merely wrote an image uploading program for a Canadian client. Once sold, Saeed had no further control over how it was employed. His wife, Dr. Fatemeh Eftekhari, denies that he was ever the director of a pornographic website. She further believes that her husband's devout Islamic faith would have prevented the sale, if he had known how his customer intended to use the program.