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Mehrdad Omidi

Title: Head of Computer Crimes Unit of the Iranian Police

Sanctions: European Union (October 10, 2011)

Mehrdad Omidi was sanctioned by the European Union in October 2011 for his work as head of the Computer Crimes Unit of the Iranian police according to the Official Journal of the European Union. Under his tenure, his unit undertook thousands of investigations and indictments of many reformists and opposition members. “He is thus responsible for directing grave human rights violations in the repression of persons who speak up in defence of their legitimate rights, including freedom of expression.”[1]


[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011 of 10 October 2011 Implementing Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 10, 2011.p.5. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:267:0001:0006:EN:PDF)