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Deceased Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti (file photo)

Deceased Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti (file photo)

Iran’s cyber police chief, Mohammad Hassan Shokrian, has been dismissed due to “negligence and insufficient supervision” over his subordinates following the death of the Iranian blogger Sattar Behesht while in detention. In a decree issued on Saturday, Iran Police Chief Brigadier General Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqaddam dismissed Shokrian due to “negligence and insufficient supervision over the conduct of his subordinates” who handled the case of the deceased blogger," IRNA reported. Beheshti was charged with and arrested for cyber crime and later passed away in prison in early November. His death sparked an outrage focused on the Iranian Judiciary, whose head, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, ordered an investigation into the case. On November 11, Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee formed a subcommittee headed by the Iranian lawmaker Mehdi Davatgari to probe the case. Following investigations, Davatgari said on November 26 that, “The Judiciary's measure for arresting Sattar Beheshti has been legal, but the violation by cyber police in this case is indisputable.” The Majlis representative called for the “resignation or dismissal of the cyber police chief,” noting that this is the only way that the cyber police can make up for their mistake, which has cost the Islamic Republic quite dearly. MYA/SS
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