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Iranian revolutionary court demands expensive document for the release of Ahwazi prisoner

Iranian revolutionary Court asked expensive document for the release of Ahwazi prisoners and human rights activists confirms the prisoner family’s inability to provide it.

 

According to trusted sources that are close to prisoner’s family stated that the judge of Division 12 of the revolutionary court in the capital city of Ahwaz asked the family of the prisoner Ammar Katan Abayat, expensive financial document until he agreed to release him temporary.

 

Human rights activists said that the prisoner family due to their miserable economic circumstances has been unable to provide a document imposed by the investigating judge to release temporary for the prisoner.

Ammar Katan Abayat age 22 was arrested on Friday morning 12-December-2014 in Alallwa district, in Hamidieh city.

Meanwhile an Ahwazi Sunni preacher by the name of Qassem Abiat (picture) was arrested in early days of February 15 by Iranian authorities on charges of spreading what they called Salafi and Wahhabi beliefs in Ahwaz.

The Ahwazi preacher detained in a bus station in the city of Zahedan, the capital of predominantly Sunni province of Baluchistan in Iran, when he wanted to travel to visit his family in Ahwaz.

Sources close to the family of Qassem Abiat said that Qassem was moving between Ahwaz and Baluchistan because of his religious study at one the theological schools, which is teaching Sunni sciences regarding the Sunni interpretation of Islam in Zahedan city.

For one week, the detainee’s family did not get any information about whereabouts of their son’s arrest or detention.  As the Iranian Intelligence Ministry has not responded to the request of Qassem’ family for meeting him in prison or detention centers to make sure about his well-being.

According to Ahwazi human rights activists, in December, 2014 two Ahwazi Sunni Preachers Hossein Saboori and Sami Zebady Alboghobesh from Ma’ashor city in Al-Ahwaz were arrested after being accused of burning down a Husseiniya [a Shia place of worship]. However, the two prisoners have rejected the charges and said their confessions were extracted under torture in solitary confinement.

The Prosecution of Ahwazi Sunnis has been intensifying as 16 Ahwazi Sunni converts were arrested during Qur’an class in November 2014.

In July2014, about 20 Ahwazi Sunni converts were arrested for preaching Sunni and holding congregational Sunni Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan.

Also in February 2014, more than 20 Sunni converts were arrested at a Qur’an and Arabic language study meeting in Koye Alawi district in Ahwaz city.

All arrests carried out by the Iranian authorities against Ahwazi political activists and Ahwazi Sunni preachers in Al-Ahwaz are illegal and unfair. In addition, these prisoners after spending long-terms in Solitary confinements without accessing to lawyers are often subjected to biased trails that allegedly failed to meet international standards.

In recent months, the security elements to arrest Ahwazi Sunnis have savagely entered into the houses, breaking the entrance -door and glass of windows and severely damaged the private properties through their arbitrary search where they were allegedly intimidated the Ahwazi women and children of the place.

The arrests that are invariably launched against Ahwazis do not comply with the Declaration of Human Rights in Geneva. The Ahwazi detainees stripped of their rights including having contact with their family or access to a lawyer to defend them in the Iranian courts. Most of the arrests took place during mid-night raids without any warrant by the security forces and the Intelligence agents. As they did not take into account the sanctity of privacy of people and brutally broke into houses of people without any prior notice.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Right

28-02-2015

 

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