Top Blogger Mehdi Boutorabi Arrested in Iran
And, for some reason the authorities believe he is somehow connected to the disappearance of missing Iranian spy Alireza Asghari.
ADN Kronos reported:
Mehdi Boutorabi, the CEO of Persian Blog, a service company for Iranian bloggers, was arrested Sunday in his Tehran office, reports said Monday. Persian Blog was founded in 2001 by three students who two years later, during a crackdown by authorities on bloggers which led to many arrests, sold it to Boutorabi, a young entrepreneur close to Iran’s reformist movement.
Officially, Boutorabi was arrested over the disappearance of former Pasdaran general, Alireza Asghari, though the connection between the two is unclear and has not been explained by authorities yet. An ex deputy defence minister, Alireza Asghari disappeared in Istanbul, Turkey, in January.
Some claim the former Revolutionary Guards commander, who has precious information on Iran’s missile systems and nuclear progress, defected to a European country while others believe he was abducted by the US.
MORE… Another blogger Amir Farshad Ebrahimi has an extensive report on the disappearance of Asgari where he claims the Iranian spy defected and applied for political asylum to the United States of his own free will.
The Iranian blogger Ebrahimi says this about the missing Iranian spy, “I am very interested in this story because I knew Asgari personally,” Ebrahimi told Pajamas Media by telephone from his home in Turkey. “We served together in the Revolutionary Guards.”
Ebrahimi, who was jailed by the regime in Iran, today describes himself a human rights activist, graduate student and author living in Turkey and Germany.