Iran's Supreme Court Shows No Mercy to Ahwazi Arab Activists

 Saturday, June 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM

According to the news, the Supreme Court of Iran issued charges against three Ahwazi rights activists: Qasi Obidawi, 26, graduated in law, Ahmad Obidawi, 21, and Sajad Balawi (Obidawi) both law students. The three accused are from a family in Hamidia City, the Iranian judiciary spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i, confirmed.

These three Ahwazi activists were arrested along with 17 others in a raid as an arbitrary arrest by Intelligence Service officers on April 2, 2015. Officials released 13 detainees on bail afterwards. The three detainees, who were sentenced to death, have been reportedly kept in the solitary confinements since the arrest.

They are allegedly accused of vague charges after the killing of three police officers in Gamboueh Park near Hamidia City.

Seven individuals were brutally tortured and sentenced to long term imprisonment or capital punishment, the Ahwazi rights activist Karim Dahimi said.

All seven, who are between 21 to 26 years old, Qasi Obidawi, Ahmad Obidawi, and Sajad Balawi were sentenced to death, two others: Mohammad Halafi and Mehdi Sayahi were sentenced to 35 years in Yazd prison, Mehdi Moarabi and Ali Obeidawi were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. The Islamic Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz used the forced confessions from the accused to sentence them to death and long-term imprisonment. Their families were informed about the sentence, HRANA said.

Iran's Judiciary Department accused them of the ambiguous charges as "acting against national security", "Moharebeh (enmity against God)" and "Afsad-i fil Arz (spreading corruption on earth)" through killing a drug dealer in Hamidia City in 2014, attacking a police station in 2013, attacking the Rahian-E-Noor Convoy in 2015, killing a relative of an Iranian official in 2011, injuring a Mullah in 2011, Moharebeh (enmity against God), Afsad-i fil Arz (spreading corruption on earth) and recently the killing of three police officers in Gamboueh Park nearby Hamidia City. These incidents have been used as a common pretext to accuse local activists in the region, according to a source close to the families of these seven Ahwazi citizens.

Iranian security officials asked families of the victims to come to court to testify against the accused youth. The victims' families refused the court demand. Also the officials forced the families of accused ones to leave the city.

By: Kaveh Taheri