Iranian Bloggers Forced to Confess

Four Iranian bloggers were forced to confess during “physical” pressure. (I think that might be code word for ‘naked pyramid’?)

Four Iranian webloggers arrested during a crackdown last year have written to the judiciary head to complain of having been subjected to “physical and moral pressure” that forced them to confess, the official news agency Irna said yesterday.

“During our detention, (we were) subjected to physical and moral pressure and all of our confessions were false and have no legal value,” wrote Mahbubeh Abbas-Golizadeh, Fereshteh Ghazi, Massud Ghoreyshi and Hanif Mazruwi.

They appealed to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, to intervene because the “confessions of several of those accused were extracted by force.”

A group of around 20 Internet writers and technicians working for pro-reform web sites in the country were arrested in a crackdown that began in September last year.

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