MP: Investigation says Iranian blogger wasn't tortured before death

MP: Investigation says Iranian blogger wasn't tortured before death

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 12 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

According to the carried out investigation, Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was not tortured prior to his death, Head of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, the official website of country's parliament reported.

Boroujerdi said that the investigation showed there was no evidence of physical violence imposed on Beheshti while he was in prison.

Sattar Beheshti was arrested in his home on October 30, rights groups reported, after receiving death threats. The 35-year-old who ran an anti-government blog died possibly as a result of torture, Amnesty International said about a week ago, Reuters reported.

After the International condemnation of the incident, Iran's parliament has said to launch an investigation on the incident.

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Iran's judicial system head has urged the relevant structures to conduct a detailed investigation to reveal the cause of Sattar Beheshti's death.

Deputy parliament speaker Mohammad Hassan Abu-Torabi Fard said last week that the national security and foreign policy committee of Parliament has investigated this topic and has formed a committee in this regard.

Conservative and outspoken lawmaker Ahmad Tavakoli, who represents Tehran, criticized Iran's judiciary for failing to address Beheshti's death.

"I recommend that instead of dealing harshly with bloggers, you go after corrupt officials," Tavakoli said.

Iran has rejected criticism of its human rights record in the past as political and motivated by Western opposition to the Islamic Republic. But its leadership has taken action on other allegations of mistreatment of prisoners.

Beheshti's family initially gave interviews to media outlets on the circumstances of his arrest, but the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said on Thursday it had not been able to contact them in recent days and believed the family had been ordered by authorities to keep silent.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Iran must explain Beheshti's sudden death, and that the government must "halt its intense harassment of the victim's family".

The day before his arrest, Beheshti said he had been threatened.

"They sent me a message saying, 'Tell your mother she will soon be wearing black because you don't shut your big mouth'," Amnesty quoted him as saying.

The European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday she was deeply concerned by Beheshti's death and she called on Iran to conduct a thorough enquiry into the case.

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