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Iran rejects case against policeman over blogger death

Published on Dec 4, 2013 7:19 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - An Iranian court has rejected accusations of premeditated murder against a policeman over the death in custody of an opposition blogger, the reformist Sharq daily reported on Wednesday.

Sattar Beheshti, 35, died at the notorious Kahrizak prison a few days after he was arrested in October 2012 following criticism of the government in his blog, according to opposition groups who allege he was tortured to death.

An unnamed officer from a police cybercrime unit still faces manslaughter charges over Beheshti's death, after the criminal court rejected the complaint of premeditated murder lodged by a lawyer representing the blogger.

Preliminary investigations by the coroner, the prosecutor and the parliamentary committee suggest Beheshti's death was caused by mistreatment, either through beating or psychological torture, at the hands of the police.

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