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Life imprisonment for four Ahwazi Arab activists

Collective heavy sentences against four Ahwazi Arab activists who have been in detention for more than 22 months awaiting for their sentences been issued:


The branch one of Ahwaz revolution court has sentenced Mr Hassan Abiat 36 year-old the son of Mr Jlaw to the life imprisonment, Mr Eidan Bit Sayah 37 year-old the son of Mr Kazem to 10 years, Mr Jasem Saiedi 30 year-old and Mr Khaled Obidawi 30 year-old to 5 years prison on 7th August 2014


According to trusted sources informed Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights the four Ahwazi Arab activists were arrested on December, 2011 following the spark of widespread protests in various cities of Ahwaz and the Angry graffiti that popped up in the whole region which was aimed to urge people to boycott the Parliamentary elections on 2011.

During that time, the intelligence service arrested nine Ahwazi activists of shush city and after long terms in solitary confinement under the worst and harsh physical and physiological tortures, they had to confess in favor of intelligence service accusations.

Many trails of those Ahwazi detainees failed to meet international standard for fair trials, including by using “confessions” obtained under tortures or other ill treatment as evidence against the defendants.

The Iranian Press TV channel broadcasted Self -incriminating testimonies of these Ahwazian detainees even before the opening of a trail, undermining the fundamental rights of defendants to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Then the First Branch of Revolutionary court headed by the Judge, Farhadvand, with direct collaboration with intelligence service sentenced them to cruel and unfair sentences.

Their sentences came after they were being accused of acting against national security and having connection with exiled- broad political parties hostile to Iranian regime and also “enemy with God” and “corruption on earth”.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights intensely condemn the charges against sentenced Ahwazi Arab and urging the human rights defenders to stop collective heavy sentences against innocent Ahwazi Arab.

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