Friday, March 20, 2009

Iranian Blogger Dies in Jail


Omid Mir Sayafi, a 25 year old Iranian man, has been imprisoned since April 2008 for criticizing the Ayatollah on his personal blog. He died in jail yesterday under suspicious circumstances:

[An official] said another prisoner in Evin, a Dr Hessam Firouzi, "had warned officials in the jail of the state the young blogger was in.

"Dr Firouzi called me from the jail to say Omid had a slowed heartbeat and he had taken him to the infirmary, but that doctors there did not take this seriously and said he was faking it," Dadkhah said.

He added Firouzi reported that Sayafi had also been very depressed.

Prison officials "said that he committed suicide."

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