Jailed Iranian Blogger Died After Torture, Iran to "Investigate"

Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti, was arrested on October 30 for cybercrimes and dead a week later. He had been interrogated and according to an Iranian prosecutor, his body showed signs of torture in several places.

Before he died, Behesti wrote this letter to the head of Evin Prison. Yesterday, Iran announced an investigation into Behesti's death. More here.

Three of his interrogators were arrested. [More...]

"Following the firm orders from the head of the judiciary for a speedy probe into the case of Sattar Beheshti's death, three of the officials in charge of the prisoner's interrogation have been arrested and handed over to the armed forces court," the report indicates.

Today (same link), Parliament's National Security Commission said preliminary information "indicates there was no sign of torture on the dead prisoner's body."

Beheshti's blog was called "My Life for My Iran" and he reportedly wrote posts critical of the Iranian government.

Amnesty International has this report.

Sources say when Behesti was placed into Evin Prison after his interrogation, his wrists showed signs of "chicken."

Under this form of torture, said to be used by Iran’s police, the hands of the accused are tied and he is hanged from the ceiling like a chicken.

Here is Behesti's last blog post.

The State Department is also calling for an investigation.

We extend condolences to Beheshti's family in their time of grief, as well as to the families of all Iranians who have been falsely accused, illegally detained, or wrongly killed at the hands of a brutal and hypocritical regime. Sattar Beheshti is just one of thousands of victims of the Iranian government's campaign of violent repression and efforts to curtail basic freedoms at all costs. We will continue to stand with the Iranian people and condemn the abuses against Beheshti and countless others.

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    Our State Department... (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by Dadler on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:47:32 AM EST
    ...has a lot of nerve. We didn't and still don't give a hoot about our own torturing, any calls we make about it to any other country are borderline psychotic in their hypocrisy. Iran's "government" is a theocracy, they don't EVER search for truth because theocracies believe they know ALL the truth that ever needs to be known and they know it today. God is so goddamn great, isn't she?

    if iran has learned anything from the US, (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by cpinva on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:10:27 PM EST
    it's that one should "look forward", and not dwell too much on the "mistakes" of the past. to do so can only lead to unpleasantness and hurt feelings. sure, a few eggs got broken, in the process of making that omelet, but to hold the chefs accountable would be, well.............gauche'.

    Have to give ourselves credit for chutzpah. (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:25:25 PM EST
    We engaged in the systematic torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, and after our own "investigation," lo and behold, we found out that the culpable parties were an Army private, her sergeant boyfriend, and an Army Reserve brigadier general who was nominally in command at the prison, but was nevertheless told in no uncertain terms by her superiors to butt out when she objected to the CIA's presence in her facility.

    What happened in Iran is indeed a tragedy, and by all rights the Iranian government should be called to account for it. But to be perfectly frank, we lost the moral high ground to sustain any of our objections to those countries in that part of the world a long, long time ago. Dick Cheney and John Bolton must be so proud of themselves.

    Yes, indeed (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Zorba on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:26:20 PM EST
    If it is wrong for them, it is wrong for us.  :-(

    not so! (none / 0) (#6)
    by cpinva on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:58:24 AM EST
    If it is wrong for them, it is wrong for us.

    because the US, unlike iran, is an exceptional country. see how that works?


    off-topic comments deleted (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:37:37 PM EST