Iran MP decries police 'violations' over blogger's death

By REUTERS
November 27, 2012 09:38

 
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DUBAI - A senior Iranian MP criticized the nation's cyber security force for "violations" in the wake of the death in police custody of a blogger, Press TV reported late on Monday.

In a case that has sparked international outrage, 35-year-old Sattar Beheshti, who wrote a blog critical of the government, was arrested on October 30 after receiving death threat. He died some days later.

Under increasing pressure at home and abroad, Iran's parliament said it had formed a committee to examine the case, and the judiciary said it would deal "quickly and decisively" with those responsible.

"The judiciary's measure for arresting Sattar Beheshti was legal, but the violation by cyber police in this case is indisputable," said Mehdi Davatgari, a member of the parliament's national security and foreign policy commission.

"Unfortunately, the officers of the cyber police kept the suspect in their custody without court order for a whole night, which was completely against the law," he added.

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