Sattar Beheshti

A court in Tehran has sentenced the accused in the death of jailed blogger Sattar Beheshti to three years in jail and 74 lashes. According to the Beheshti family attorney, the accused has also been ordered to have an obligatory transfer for two years.

Giti Pourfazel told ISNA: “While journalists receive six-year sentences, it is astonishing that murderers only receive three-year prison terms.”

Sattar Beheshti was arrested in October of 2011 for his anti-regime blogs and within a few days was pronounced dead in custody. The coroner’s report indicates that he was beaten and tortured during his arrest.

The court, however, has only indicted the cyber police officer responsible for his beatings with manslaughter.