Iran Sentenced to Death a 21-Year-Old Man for ‘Insulting Islam’ on Instant Messaging App
Sina Dehghan, a 21-year-old man, was sentenced in Iran to death over criticizing Islam. He was arrested by security forces on October 21, 2015, at a military barracks in Tehran. Dehghan was charged under article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code for ‘insulting the prophet’ of Islam; a criminal charge which is punishable by death. Dehghan was convicted at the Penal Court of the city of Arak over critical comments he had made against Islam and the Quran on the LINE instant messaging application.