Blogger Hossein Derakhhshan has tweeted for the first time after his six year imprisonment, his Twitter serving as a stark reminder of how quickly your luck can change in Iran.
Back in 2008, when Twitter was still in its infancy and people were deciding whether to make the jump from MySpace to Facebook, Derakhhshan began tweeting about his move back to Tehran.
It was fairly standard stuff – him chilling in bed with laptop, being frustrated by slow internet connection – then nothing.
His silence was due to his arrest. One minute he was 'loving' living in the Iranian capital again, the next he was charged with insulting religious leaders in his writing, cooperating with "hostile states" and publishing "propaganda" and was thrown in jail for 20 years.
is hanging out in Tehran, frustrated by slow internet connection, but generally impressed. He LOVES living in Tehran again.— Hossein Derakhhshan (@h0d3r) October 23, 2008
Six years later and Hossein has been freed, picking his Twitter back up with this oddly calm tweet: " Pardonded by Ayatollah @khamenei_ir. Freed from prison, finally after 6 years, last night. #iran"
He reportedly added on Google Plus: "Thank you, God. Thank you, Ayatollah Khamenei. Thank you to those who supported and prayed for me in those difficult days."
It is not yet known why the Ayatollah, who has final say on all legal matters, pardoned the blogger, or if he will resume the blog that landed him in trouble.Reuse content