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Death Sentence Upheld For Iranian Internet Activist

Iranian opposition websites are reporting that an appeal court in Iran has confirmed the death sentence for an Internet activist who allegedly insulted Prophet Muhammad.

Soheil Arabi was reportedly arrested last year by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps over his posts on Facebook, where he is said to have been active under different names.

Arabi’s wife, Nastaran Naeimi, has said that printouts of Arabi’s alleged Facebook posts are the only proof that authorities have provided against him.

She said her husband, a photographer by profession, had not personally written some of the posts which served as basis for his conviction.

In recent months, a number of Facebook activists have been sentenced to jail in Iran.

Based on reporting by Kalameh and Sahamnews