20-year prison term for comment under a weblog post

Blogger and Baluch political activist Sakhi Rigi, who is detained in Ahwaz Prison, is serving his 9th year of prison. He wrote a letter from prison detailing his condition.

The blogger was sentenced to 20 years of prison in 2009 for “publishing lies,” and “acting against national security.” This is one of the heaviest sentences given to a blogger in Iran.

His letter reads in part:

“It’s been almost 9 years; Nine years without even a day of furlough from prison… Interrogators cited a comment in my weblog for my arrest. An unknown person and a comment that I doubt anyone beside the interrogators have even read. They tortured me severely for that comment. Because of that comment, they charged me with Moharebeh (enmity with God) and disclosing classified information, and in the end, I was sentenced to 20 years of prison to be served in exile in Ahwaz Prison for having a simple weblog. It’s been nine years since I’ve been in prison.”

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