Seyed Zia Nabavi, a member of the Committee to Defense the Right to Education, was return to Karoon prison following a month interrogation by the Iranian Intelligent Service. Nabavi has been in prison since June 2009. He was transferred to The Intelligent office in Ahwaz on 5th March 2013 after searching his personal belongings in Karoon prison he was then returned to the Intelligent Service for further interrogations.

Nabavi has been under pressure by the Intelligent Services to withdraw his supporting letter of Amouri , the Ahwazi Arab activist who is currently on death row. During this period of time Intelligence Service told to Nabavi to withdraw his letter and called Amouri as a terrorist and to confirm the death sentence as a result of terrorist allegations. In this regard, Amouri has taken to intelligence service many times and have been asked to deny the Ziya Nabavi’s description about him under heavy pressure, but both have refused to co-operate.

On 5th of March this year Nabavi was transferred from Karoon prison to Revolutionary Court then to the Intelligent Service office of Ahwaz. In his writing which is titled” “Narrative of an exile prisoner about a person who sentenced to death” Nabavi said“there is no opportunity to compensate the execution”. He described Amoori as a moderate person. He added: “Mohammad Ali says he never committed a violent action and allegations against the group he belong to had occurred while he was spending three-year imprisonment in Iraq on charges of illegal entry. He says the security and judicial systems linked the friendship with a series of arbitrary violence and activities in cyberspace trying to make a separatist armed group which is not existed in real world.”

This political prisoner continued: “Of course when I looked at this case from my angle first thought maybe I do not have sufficient information. As a result I am not fully qualified to give precise comment, but when I recall my own experience with Iranian Judicial system it is strongly reinforced in my mind that it might be get a huge extortion in this case also. Even if all charges have been accepted and what the security services said was right, Mohammad Ali does not deserve to be executed. Death penalty might be considered for a murderer but in the other cases could not be accepted. When someone sentenced to death, first we accept that he has no merit and deserves to be alive. This is a tough decision. Let’s supposed that the political activities of Mohammad Ali were wrong and he made a big mistake but the big question remain with no answer that is why other aspects of his personality which are admirable should be executed? Is it fair?”

Amoori Also wrote a letter on March which stated: “I was seeking peace and dialogue, what sin have I done to be executed?”

He added: “this letter has an instant request to all who care about human values to use the fruitful ways to save the innocent live and stand against the crime which is supposed to be done against people who are chanting the humanity, peace and freedom and strongly believe in them as a fundamental principle in their social and political aspects.

At the other part of his letter which titled “I have been asking since then: why do they want to execute me?" added; “"I was subjected to physical and psychological tortures in solitary confinement in Ahwaz City for six months and then in Karoon prison where after two years I was sentenced to death by an unjust court. I have been asking since then: why do they want to kill me?"

Zia Nabavi a barred student from further study and spokesperson of the Council to Defend the Right to Education, he has been in prison since June 15, 2009. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment to be served in internal exile.

Mohammad Amoori was born in 1977; he is a blogger and graduated from industrial university of Isfahan, one of the founders of “Al-torath” (heritage) student publication in Arabic and Farsi in industrial Isfahan University. He was also teacher and one of the founders of Al-Hiwar (dialogue) cultural institution and its name was inspired from intercultural dialogue program of Khatami’s reformist government.

He is a student activist and after the wave of repressions and executions against peaceful Intifada of Arab Nation of Al-Ahwaz in 2005 was seeking asylum in Iraq in 2007, after many calls by the security services and repeated pressure from intelligence service. Amoori recognized as a refugee by UNHCR, but Iraqi government imprisoned him due to crossing border illegally. He was imprisoned for three years in Amareh and Basra (cities of Iraq) and extradited to Iranian government despite of having refugee documents.

Iranian Supreme Court confirmed Amoori’s death verdict and four other Arab activists on charge of “enmity against God” ( Mohareb) and they are in danger of imminent execution nowadays.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation

12/04/2013


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