Blogger Jailed for ‘Insulting Islam’ Dies in Iranian Prison

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 12/19/2018 | Vijeta Uniyal
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An Iranian activist jailed for ‘insulting Islam’ on social media has died after a prolonged hunger strike, media reports say.

Vahid Sayadi Nasiri, a 37-year-old Iranian blogger, was arrested in 2015 and received an eight year jail sentence for “insulting Islamic sanctities” and criticizing Iran’s Shi’a Islamist regime, the U.S.-based watchdog Iran Human Rights Monitor said. He began his hunger strike in October protesting the inhumane prison conditions and frequent beatings by fellow inmates.

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The State Department condemned the death of the blogger as “just one of many more unjustly detained prisoners held at the mercy of the Iranian regime’s whims.” The department demanded “the regime stops subjecting Iranians who are peacefully voicing their opinions to brutal conditions and slow deaths and that it release all those unjustly imprisoned.”

Farhad Meysami, a medical doctor arrested in July for criticizing regime’s Islamic laws of forcing women to wear veil or hijab, is also currently on hunger strike.

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The UK newspaper Metro reported the blogger’s death in Iranian prison:

A political activist jailed for social media messages criticising the Iranian regime has died after a 60-day hunger strike.

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Among other offences, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri, 37, was was accused of insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Having served over two-and-a-half years behind bars, he was released – but detained again five months later.

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Mehdi Kaheh, the prosecutor in the city of Qom, earlier said Nasiri had been serving a sentence for “insulting Islamic sanctities”.

Since President Donald Trump withdrew from the Obama-ear nuclear deal in May 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions against Tehran, the regime faces a serious economic crisis and a...
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