Iran fires cyber police chief over blogger's death

By REUTERS
December 1, 2012 17:10

DUBAI - The head of Tehran's cyber police unit has been dismissed over the death in custody of an Iranian blogger, police said on Saturday, in a case that has sparked international condemnation and led to Iranian calls for an official investigation.

Sattar Beheshti, a little-known 35-year-old blogger who was critical of the government, was arrested on Oct. 30 after receiving death threats, and died some days later, after complaining he was tortured.

According to a statement posted on the website of Iran's police force on Saturday, the chief of Tehran's cyber police unit was fired for "failures and weaknesses in adequately supervising personnel under his supervision."

Iran's English-language Press TV and the semi-official Mehr news agency named him as Mohammad Hassan Shokrian.

Iran's parliament said last month it had formed a committee to examine the case, and the judiciary said it would deal "quickly and decisively" with those responsible.


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