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Iran prosecutor: Blogger died in police custody

Nov 12, 2012

Arizona Republic

Associated Press Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:14 AM

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state prosecutor confirms that a jailed blogger died in police custody last week, and wounds were found on his body.

It’s the first official confirmation of Sattar Beheshti’s death in custody.

The U.S. State Department and a press freedom group have called for investigation of the “suspicious death.”

Prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi says wounds were found in five places on Beheshti’s body. Also, there was a copy of a letter of complaint in his name against his interrogator.

Ejehi’s remarks were reported by the semi-official Mehr news agency Monday.

Beheshti was detained Oct. 31 for alleged cybercrimes. Iran’s judiciary chief has ordered an inquiry into his death.

Dozens of bloggers and journalists have been arrested in crackdowns on dissent in Iran in recent years.