Porn site pair sentenced to death in Iran

Two men accused of operating pornographic web sites have been sentenced to death in Iran.

Prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told the Islamic republic's official IRNA news agency that two men had been convicted and would be executed after the supreme court confirms the sentences.

"Two administrators of porn sites have been sentenced to death in two different courts and the sentences have been sent to the supreme court for confirmation," Dolatabadi said.

The two men have not been named, and court released no further details about their alleged offences.

It is not the first time the Islamic Republic has handed down a death sentence to someone suspected of dealing in dodgy web sites.

Last month, an Iranian-born Canadian was sentenced to death by the Tehran regime for allegedly designing an adult website, the AFP news agency reported, quoting family members.

Freelance website developer and programmer Saeed Malekpour, 35, was arrested in 2008 when he went to Iran visit his sick father, and subsequently convicted of "designing and moderating adult content websites", "agitation against the regime" and "insulting the sanctity of Islam," an online group campaigning for his release said.

There was no official confirmation of the sentence, nor any date given for it to be carried out.

Iran, along with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States, has one of the highest numbers of executions each year.

Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, with crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery and adultery among the offences punishable by death.

Texas says much the same thing.