23 Jan 2016
Life imprisonment and 20 years imprisonment for four Ahwazi Arab activists
The reliable sources from Hamidyeh city in Al-Ahwaz informed to the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights, that the Iranian Revolutionary Court in Al-Ahwaz branch1 sentenced Mr Hassan Abiat 36 year-old the son of Mr Jlaw to the life imprisonment, sentenced 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.
All these men were born in Hamidyeh in the west of Ahwaz capital city, they were arrested by the Iranian intelligence services in 2012, and were kept 11 months in the secret detention that seems belong to the Iranian intelligence services. According to the sources, all these men were tortured by the intelligence services, and interviewed on Press TV to claim their connection with Ahwazi Political party outside Iran. They were also unable to access a lawyers to follow their cases while they were in detention.
The Iranian intelligence services accused them of making propaganda against the regime, enmity of God, corruption on the earth, terrorist-related, and dangerous for the regime’s security.
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights strongly condemned the charge against Mr. Hassan Abiat, Mr. Eidan Bit Sayah, Mr. Jasem Saiedi, and Mr. Khaled Obidawi. The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights has also argued the international human rights organisation to put Iran under pressure to free these Arab men from the prison.
Ahwaz is an Arab land that is located in the southwest and south of Iran. The name of Al Ahwaz has changed to Khuzestan, Bushier and Hurmozgan in 1936, after Iran occupied the country in 1925. Both Iranian regimes, the Pahlavi era and the Islamic republic era, used different ways to suppress Ahwazi voices.
The Iranian intelligence services were arrested these men in 2012 after attacked their houses in the city. Several Arabs men were arrested in the charge of terrorist-related. Some freed on bail and these four men sentenced to life and long imprisonment in charge of enmity of God, corruption on the earth, dangerous for the security, and propaganda against the regime, alongside with terrorist-relation.
The Iranian authorities in the past few months executed two members of Al-Hewar cultural organisation, and 4 members of Falahia city, two members of Susa city in the secret detention in charge of corruption on the earth, dangerous for the security, enmity of God, propaganda against the regime, and also terrorist-relation.