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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Radio Zamaaneh

[Date:] 30 Farvardin 1388 [19 April 2009]


The Judiciary Targets the Anti-religious Sites

Alireza Jamshidi says: “The judiciary will crack down on ‘anti-religion and anti-cultural’ sites.”

Mr. Jamshidi, a spokesman for the judiciary, said that dealing with the sites that promote the Baha’i Faith is also on the agenda, according to the IRNA news agency.

According to this official, the case against the “anti-religion and anti-cultural” sites is regularly reviewed by the judiciary. He made no mention of the number of cases in the judiciary.

Mr. Jamshidi’s remarks were made weeks after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced the “identification and destruction” of several “internet subversive” networks in Iran.

The Corps announced that it had arrested a number of people who worked on these “anti-religion and obscene” sites.

A spokesman for the judiciary also said that dealing with the sites promoting the Baha’i Faith was also on the agenda of this organ.

Reza Jafari, the deputy chief prosecutor of Tehran and chief of the special prosecution office for investigating cybercrimes and communication technology, also announced today, Sunday, in an interview with IRNA that the number of those arrested in connection with the case was 50. According to Mr. Jafari, 25 of these individuals are currently free on bail.

At the same time, this judicial official added, “Those sites that had been destroyed by the Cybercrime Office of the Centre for Crime Review, had more than three million users.”

Tehran’s deputy prosecutor said that “several other pornographic sites and their suspects have also been identified. In the coming days operations will be carried out to arrest them.”

According to Mr. Jafari, “All the defendants have confessed to having contact with foreign agents. The cash and cheques received by them are documented and kept in their files.” He also added that the trial of these people would be held publicly.

Tehran’s deputy prosecutor warned that users of the pornographic sites would be targeted and “could easily be identified and prosecuted by using tools which identify users’ IPs.


Amendment to the Cybercrime Bill

According to the news reports, the Islamic Consultative Assembly, in order to satisfy the recommendations of the Guardian Council, reviewed the objections of the cybercrime bill today, Sunday, and resolved its deficiencies.

Earlier, the Constitutional Guardian Council had found 11 objections in the Bill and had returned it to the Parliament. The cybercrime bill was drafted in three parts and contains 56 articles.

Under this bill, “Unauthorized access, eavesdropping and receiving of confidential data and computer and telecommunication devices, as well as forgery, destruction and tampering with data, fraud and system manipulations will be considered criminal offences.”

The cybercrime bill also stipulates various penalties for those who produce or publish pornographic contents by means of computer or telecommunication systems, according to the Islamic Penal Code.