Call for inquiry into death of blogger


Iran’s parliament has called for a special inquiry to investigate the death in detention of a blogger whose posts criticised the country’s leadership.

In a case that provoked international outrage, Sattar Beheshti was arrested in his home on October 30th after receiving death threats, and died some days later, having complained of being tortured.

“It is necessary that the responsible agencies . . . exercise more supervision and seriousness with regard to these bitter events and carry out a special inquiry,” the parliament said in a report read out yesterday.

The report recommended training for all staff in detention units, the installation of CCTV and regular inspection of facilities.

It is unclear what a special inquiry would involve and whether the government will follow up on the recommendations. – (Reuters)