Iran arrests prosecutor behind ban on popular messaging app

Iran arrests prosecutor behind order to block access to popular messaging app Telegram, charges him with corruption

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has arrested the prosecutor who had ordered a block on access to the popular messaging app Telegram.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Tuesday that Bijan Ghasemzadeh was detained on corruption charges last Friday. It did not say whether the charges were related to the Telegram case.

Iran has arrested dozens of judges and judicial officials on similar charges over the past months.

Since the ban, Iranian youth and tech-savvy citizens use proxy servers to access the service.