Kathmandu, August 4 (Nepal Niti)- An Iranian-born Canadian resident has escaped from Iran after being imprisoned there for 11 years and returned to Canada. Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to life prison over a program he created for uploading photos to the web that Iranian authorities said was used on Persian-language pornographic websites.
His sister posted a video online showing his return to Canada on Friday. Mr. Malekpour’s imprisonment was one of the several prominent cases involving Iranians with dual nationality or foreign permanent residency. In comments shared by the Iranian judiciary’s official news agency Mizan Online, spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Mr. Malekpour was on a three-day prison leave and barred from leaving the country. Apparently, he has used illegal ways to leave the country, Mr. Esmaili said.