Iranian Cyber Police Responsible for Blogger’s Death, Says MP

By Patrick Burke | November 27, 2012 | 3:14 PM EST

Iranian blogger Sattar Behesti, who was arrested by Iran's "Cyber Police" and then found dead in his cell.

( -- Iranian Majlis [Parliament] Special Representative Mehdi Davatgari accused the Iranian “Cyber Police” unit of violating the law when they detained now-deceased blogger Sattar Beheshti without a court order.

Davatgari  also called for the resignation or dismissal of the Iranian Cyber Police chief.

“Unfortunately, following Beheshti's arrest, the forces of FTA [Cyber Police] kept him in detention for a night without having any warrant and this detention was quite unlawful,” Davatgari said on Monday, as reported by the state-run Fars News Agency.

“Although judicial officials had ordered Behesthi to be transferred to the detention centre of the crime investigation police, the cyber police transferred him to its own centre after he was handed over to them by the Evin prison's authorities,” he said.

After posting criticisms of the Iranian government, 35-year-old blogger Sattar Beheshti was arrested on Oct. 30, and was found dead in his prison cell on Nov. 3.

On Nov. 11, a subcommittee within the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Committee launched an investigation into Beheshti’s death.

Back in January 2011, the Iranian government set up a “Cyber Police” unit to prevent ‘espionage and sabotage’ activities via the Internet.