The death of a detained Iranian blogger has gained global scrutiny after allegations of torture surfaced this week.
The reformist news websites Kaleme and Saham News first reported Sattar Beheshti’s death on Tuesday Nov. 5, according to CJFE. Mr. Beheshti allegedly received death threats after writing anti-regime blogs online.
International human rights groups like Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International and Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression (CJFE), have demanded Iran release details of the suspicious death.
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) – an organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world – Beheshti “was arrested by Iran’s cyberpolice on October 30, 2012, when they raided his mother’s home in Robat Karim, 25 kilometers outside of Tehran.”
“People who spoke to the family told Human Rights Watch that the family tried to get information about Beheshti’s whereabouts and the reason for his arrest from security and judicial officials, but that they heard nothing until November 6, 2012, when police officials told the family he had died in custody,” HRW reported.
Citing forensic reports, Iran’s attorney general, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’ii admitted Beheshti suffered bruising but said Beheshti died of natural causes.
“His body showed no fractures of bones, nor did his skull,” judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, told reporters on Monday.
Iran’s Headquarters for Human Rights told the country’s semi-official Mehr News Agency the judicial group will investigate the death. Iran’s IRNA News Agency reported on Monday that three of Beheshti’s interrogators are in custody.