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Iran court confirms death sentence of Canadian resident

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Iran has confirmed the death sentence of a man, who was accused of programming a porn website, according to media reports.

According to a report in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, Saeed Malekpour faces imminent execution.

Iranian authorities picked up Malekpour in 2008 and accused him of contributing to an Internet pornography site, which is a crime in the theocratic country. He was confined to solitary confinement in Tehran for a year without legal counsel, the Guardian reported.


He was sentenced to death a year later after confessing to a series of crimes on a state television program.

Malekpour's family has asserted that Malekpour is a permanent resident of Canada and that he wrote software for uploading photographs that was used on the porn site without his knowledge.

His sister, Maryam Malekpour, said in an interview with the Iranian website Roozonline that Iran's supreme court had confirmed the death sentence.

"Saeed is in imminent danger of execution," Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, a human rights activist based in Toronto, told the Guardian. "He has never been provided with a fair trial at any point during this horrific and twisted ordeal."

Activists and concerned citizens in Canada have campaigned for Malekpour's release.

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