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AHWAZI ARAB MEN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION

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Ghazi Abbasi, a member of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority has been transferred to solitary confinement sparking fears that his execution may be imminent. He is believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention.

On 27 September 2013, Ghazi Abbasi, an Ahwazi Arab man on death row, was transferred from his cell to solitary confinement in Karoun Prison,in Khuzestan,. He is at imminent risk of execution as death row inmates in Iran are usually put in solitary confinement immediately prior to the implementation of their sentences.

Ghazi Abbasi, along with three other men, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh, Abdul-Amir Mojaddami, and Jasim Moghaddam Payam were sentenced to death on 15 August 2012 by Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz for the vaguely worded charges of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and “corruption on earth” (ifsad fil-arz). The charges related to a series of shootings that allegedly led to the deaths of a police officer and a soldier. On 13 February 2013, Branch 32 of the Supreme Court upheld the four death sentences which could be implemented at any time.

All four men have denied any involvement in the shootings, stating that their “confessions” were obtained under torture and other ill-treatment which they reportedly recanted in court. However their claims of torture have not been investigated either by the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz or the Supreme Court.

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