Iranian Blogger Hossein Derakhshan Arrested and Charged with Espionage


It has been widely reported that Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan  has been arrested in Tehran and charged with espionage. Mr. Derakhshan was in Iran visiting friends when he was arrested.

 

 Mr. Derakhshan is known for his favorable blog pieces about the Iranian regime, which makes his case somewhat mysterious. His bilingual blogs (English/Farsi) are extremely popular as he is known as the “Godfather of Iranian Bloggers”. In 2006, Hoder, as he is also known, visited Israel and blogged about Israeli life. This may be the reason he was charged with spying on behalf of the Israeli state. There is great concern regarding his safety. On November 17th, the Iranian government executed Ali Ashtari, 45, an electronics salesman, after trying and convicting him of spying for Israel.

I urge all my readers and friends to join the Free Hossein Derakhshan Facebook group at:          http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37459792838&ref=ts

As a show of support, I am also asking that you link his blog (Editor: Myself) to your own blog if you have one: http://www.hoder.com/weblog/

The Last Person Left strongly condemns the Iranian government’s action and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

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