04 June, 2006

Iran: Six of sixteen Ahwazis on trial face execution

According to information received by the Mohamara News Agency (Mona), six of 16 Ahwazis on trial in the revolutionary court in Ahwaz City have been convicted of "waging war on God" and are set to face execution.

The intelligence services have ordered the revolutionary court, which sits in closed sessions, to sentence the following Ahwazi detainees to death: brothers Zamel Bawi, Mohsen Bawi and Emad Bawi, all of whom run computer shops in Ahwaz City, along with teacher Risan Sawary (pictured), Tariq Abayat and Ali Manbohi.

Mohsen Bawi has been accused of masterminding an attack on a sugar plantation settlement with the involvement of two other detainees, Abdulreza Noasseri and Abbas Jamossi (aka Abu Mokhtar).

Their convictions were secured in a trial that fell far short of international standards, with defendants denied access to lawyers or to see the "evidence". The charges against the men are widely believed to be false and the evidence fabricated. The presiding judge, Dadfr, has reportedlt told tribal leader and businessman Hajj Salem Bawi, the father of six brothers accused of terrorist acts, that the role of the revolutionary court was to give approval to sentences decided by the authorities before the trial.

Meanwhile, the court has reportedly rejected an appeal by Hani Bawi, one of six Bawi brothers accused of insurgency, against his sentence. He was given an 11-year prison sentence and two years house arrest in the northern Iranian city of Baafq earlier this year. Hani Bawi is a university student studying accounting at Chamran University in Ahwaz City. The sixth brother, 16 year old Muslim Bawi, is due to face trial at a youth court.

Hedi Battili (Abu Mohammed) and Saeed Hamedan (Abu Mohie) are also set to face trial in coming days and are likely to face the death penalty.

Links
Ahwazis face arrest, deportation and execution - 1 June
Amnesty International: Eleven Ahwazis Face Execution - 17 May
Iran prepares for new round of executions in Ahwaz - 13 May
Executed: Young Men Hung by Iranian Tyrants - 2 March
Iran prepares to execute tribal family - 19 February
Iran sentences seven over Ahwaz bombings - 15 February
Iran increases repression in Ahwaz - 8 February
Ahwaz Bombings Come After Weeks of Unrest - 24 January

 
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