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Iran
Mojtaba Saminejad
Blogger imprisoned for “insulting the Supreme Guide”

He was first arrested in early November 2004 over his online criticism of the arrest of three fellow bloggers. While held, his blog’s address was diverted to the website of a group of hackers linked to the Iranian radical Islamist movement Hezbollah (http://irongroup.blogspot.com/). On leaving prison, he resumed his blog using a new address (http://8mdr8.blogspot.com), which led to his re-arrest.

When he appeared in court on 23 May 2005, he was unable to speak freely as he was accompanied by the policemen who had interrogated him in prison and this intimidated him, his lawyer said.

He is currently in Gohar Dashat prison, on the outskirts of Tehran, which is notorious for the mistreatment of detainees. He shares a cell with non-political prisoners. He was allowed to sit a mid-course exam at Tehran’s Azad university at the end of January but was led handcuffed into the examination room.

Another blogger, Arash Sigarshi, is also currently in prison in Iran for similar reasons.