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Ahwazi Detainees in Imminent Peril as Iranian Judge Rewrites Charges

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) published a report on 11thof November 2018 regarding the mass execution of 22 Ahwazis following an attack on an Iranian military parade in Ahwaz that taken place on Saturday the 22nd of September 2018. The ACHR has released several names of the executed Ahwazi:

  • Mohammad Moumeni (Silawi) aged 58.
  • Nassar Moumeni (Silawi) son of Mohammad (number 1).
  • Osama Moumeni (Silawi).
  • Ahmad Haidari son of Abud, aged 30.
  • Hatam Sawari, aged 24.

However, due to heightened security measures the ACHR was not able to obtain information regarding the other Ahwazi executed persons.

Due to continued efforts on the part of the ACHR, reliable sources provided additional information, such as the fact that one Ahwazi man who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, was instead executed by the regime!!

Mr. Nasser Silawi, single, born on 27th of September 1984, and living in House number of 145 of Mokhtari Street of Kian district of Ahwaz capital, was executed on Wednesday the 17th of October 2018. One of the executed’s man’s family members informed the ACHR that Mr. Nasser Silawi participated in the protest against the regime’s racist policies aimed at Ahwazi youth (unemployment and severe improvement)in the capital city of Ahwaz, which was confronted by the Iranian intelligence service and riot police. Iranian authorities opened fire at the demonstrators and wounded Mr. Silawi’s hand with live bullet.

Mr. Silawi was initially sent to a nearby hospital in Ahwaz, was but then arrested by Iranian intelligence services. After several months in solitary confinement, coupled with heinous and barbaric torture was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment in Ahwaz prison. While Mr. Silawi was serving his prison sentence, the well-known attack of 22nd of September 2018 against a military parade in Ahwaz occurred, and the already dire situation of dozens of Ahwazi arrestees was transformed to cruelty personified, with intensified physical and phycological torture against the Ahwazi detainees.

Iranian regime prison officials, without informing Mr. Silawi’s family or otherwise affording any due process, executed him. After finishing their heinous crime, an Iranian criminal regime official simply told them that Mr. Silawi been executed, and to date has not even informed Mr. Silawi’s family where his body was buried.

Similarly, 30 Ahwazi prisoners in various prisons of the Iranian occupation regime are at risk of imminent execution after an Iranian judge issued warnings requiring them to defend themselves within a short period to prove that they did not carry weapons during their arrest. Failure to do so means that they will be sentenced to death. Some of these Ahwazi were detained before the Ahwaz military parade attack of September 2018, while others were arrested shortly afterward. The Ahwazi Arab people know that the detainees work was purely cultural and meant to raise awareness, with no connection to any violence.

The Iranian Revolution court and the Ministry of Intelligence pressured the judge initially assigned to Ahwazi prisoners’ files to charge the detainees with possession of weapons during their arrests, and therefore the issuance of a very harsh judgment (execution) against them, but the judge replied that when they were arrested there were no weapons in their possession, and so the charge was invalid. The regime replaced the judge by another, who promptly charged all Ahwazi detainees with possession of weapons.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the judge informed the detainees that they have 15 days to defend themselves and prove that you did not have any weapons, and if they cannot, they will be sentenced to death according to Article 287 of the Islamic Legacies of the Iranian Constitution.

The Ahwazi prisoners, who are held in Iran’s frightening intelligence cells and subjected to the worst physical and psychological torture, are not able to defend themselves and even are forbidden from family visit. It is impossible for them to prove their innocence, or even make out any defense to the regime’s new charges.

ACHR has identified the following names that were given letters ordering them to defend themselves by the Iranian judge:

1-   Mrs. Sahbaa (Lamiya) Hamadi, 21, son of Zaidan, married, had two children from the city of  Khafajiya (Susangerd).

2-   Sayed Morteza Mousawi, son of Youssef, a student of English literature from the city of Khafajiya (Susangerd), arrested three months before the military attack parade.

3-   Mrs. Kholoud Sabhani

4-   Mrs. Zeinab Afrawi

5-   Abdullah Shamusi

6-   Eidan Shamusi

7-   Abdulnabi Shamusi

8-   Sadegh Saadi

9-   Anwar Neissi from “Althawrah” (Alawi) district of Ahwaz  capital

10-  Ali Haidari Son of Shayea from Mallashyeh district of Ahwaz capital

11-  Ahmad Hemri with age of 29, Bachelor degree and resident of Mandely district of Ahwaz capital

12-  Reza Ojeili (Moramazy) resident of  Khafajiya (Susangerd) city.

13-  Abdullah Maramazi son of Jawad and resident of  Khafajiya (Susangerd) city, arrested three months before the military parade attack.

The ACHR has spoken with family members of an Ahwazi detainee who was handed these papers by Iranian judge, who said “we are forbidden from visiting our son, and in many cases the Iranian authority said that the judgment file is with a different department; and waiting for the outcome but we understand that our son been tortured severely in such a way that both his hands have been broken twice and he was also was closed to bed and wired throughout his body where the signs of electric shocks are still visible in all over his body, just to get confession from him that he must say he knows the military parade attackers???”.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights appeals to the world and international institutions concerned with human rights to intervene quickly to protect these Ahwazi prisoners and save their lives, and reaffirms that the Iranian intelligence have taken confessions from the prisoners under threat and physical and psychological torture and confirms that the work of the Ahwazi citizens was a cultural act away from any military activity at all.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights calls on the Iranian state to provide a fair trial for the Ahwazi prisoners and to allow them to appoint a lawyer and not to carry out the death sentence.

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