Iran's IRGC arrests 16 cyber-activists on charges of having ties to foreigners - UPDATE
Details added. First version published on 10:00
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 4
By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
The latest reports indicate that IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) have arrested 16 cyber-activists with ties to foreigners, Mehr news agency reported on Dec. 4.
"IRGC arrested the activists on charges of breaching security through cooperation with foreigners and anti-government websites," deputy prosecutor of Kerman, Ahmad Ghorbani said.
He underlined that, initial information derived via defendants` interrogations confirms the charges.
Cooperation with Western news networks, designing and updating websites educating citizen reporters and cooperation with opposition websites are among the charges which the arrested activists being accused with, the report said.
Previously, Iranian Narenji website reported that seven people got arrested - Ali Asghar Honarmand, Abbas Vahedi, Ali Reza Vaziri, Nasim Nikmehr, Maliheh Nakhai, Mohammad Hussein Mousazadeh and Sara Sajjadpour.
Narenji, which specialises in publishing tech news, reported that seven of its employees, including journalists and technical staff, had been arrested by the IRGC.
The statement was removed from the website later, and the website itself was unreachable for a short time after the article was put online. Narenji was set up six years ago by a group of bloggers.