Iranian Blogger Who Challenged Leaders Tortured to Death
An Iranian blogger who had the courage to post an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khameini, accusing him of running a slaughterhouse against the Iranian people in the name of Islam, was arrested and tortured to death in an Iranian prison. Sattar Beheshti was arrested in late October, and ten days later, on November 6, it was reported that he had died in prison under torture.
On November 13, 2012, Majlis National Security Committee member Mohammad Hassan Asfari asserted that Beheshti had died of "cardiac arrest" but, because of some international outcry, admitted that "several bruises" had been found on his body and that the bruises were being investigated by "forensic experts."
Beheshti had written:
The families of prisoners have written several letters to you and have gathered at your palace gate, seeking to appeal their loved ones' sentences – and what have you said?
You, who call yourself the leader of the believers and the legitimate representative of God, you, who see yourself as loving all creation –have you ever made the effort to talk with the families or to answer their letters?...
Is this not art, that displays the torment and murder of the nation? Do you agree to the sentences and to [these methods for] extracting confessions? If you do, why not announce that you agree with such conduct... and if you do not, why not express regret?
Mr. Khamenei: If all the sentences were correct, and the confessions of all the prisoners were given without torture, then not one of them would be guilty! Aren't the truly guilty ones none other but you and the unqualified heads of your regime?!..."
You and the fat-bellied clerics... say that with prayer, all problems can be solved. But after 33 years of everybody praying, why is Iran in the abyss?
For 33 years, you have forced the people to direct their requests to the [tombs] of the imams instead of to the regime! If the imams and God create jobs by prayer, then what need is there for the government and the regime? You have taken the nation's wealth for yourselves!
If the regime is meant to meet the needs of the people, then why do you remain silent in light of your incompetence and inability? Why don't you just step down?"
All the sentences and all the executions carried out by your slaughterhouse regime were not out of a desire for justice – but were aimed at terrorizing the people! So that no one will complain! How long will the oppression continue?
...After 33 years... the blood of the Iranian nation is pouring from your talons. This is the shame and the scheming that is now being exposed.
And, finally, I want to say to all those within and without Iran: How long will you remain neutral and silent? ... How long will you [continue to] hope for reform? We must unite today – so that tomorrow we will have no regrets...
My life is for Iran...
Yes, it was.