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Fear of Imminent Execution: Two Ahwazi Arab Death Row Prisoners Transferred to Unknown Location

24 Mar 14
Fear of Imminent Execution: Two Ahwazi Arab Death Row Prisoners Transferred to Unknown Location
Two Ahwazi Arab death row prisoners Ali Chebeishat (49) and Seyed Khaled Mousavi (36) have been transferred from the Dezful prison to an unknown location. Iran Human Rights (IHR) fears for their imminent execution and urges the international community to react. Iran Human Rights, March 24: According to reliable sources who have been in contact with Iran Human Rights (IHR), two Ahwazi Arab death row prisoners Ali Chebeishat, Sayed Khaled Mousavi have been transferred from the Dezful prison where they have been held, to unknown location. They were sentenced to death for security related charges but it is not known whether their death sentences were approved by the Supreme Court.
 Human rights defenders and the families of the two prisoners fear that their transfer from the prison might mean implementation of their death sentences. Six other Ahwazi Arab prisoners have been executed in December 2013 and January 2014, without the families or the lawyers being noticed about the executions in advance. IHR expresses strong concern about the well being of Ali Chebeishat and Seyed Khaled Mousavi and urges the international community to react.   BACKGROUND Ali Chebeishat, Sayed Khaled Mousavi, and Salman Chayani were arrested on 10 November 2012 in the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near the city of Shush in Khuzestan Province. They were held incommunicado for seven months while denied access to lawyer and family members at the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Ahwaz in South West of Iran. Intelligence officials illegally held the three incommunicado while subjecting each to severe torture with a view to extract confession in order to implicate them in the October 2012 explosion of the Chogha Zanbil natural gas pipeline near the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam. On November 16, 2013, they appeared on the Press TV, "confessing" participation in the Chogha Zanbil pipeline bombing.Apart from these forced “confessions”, there is no evidence in relation to the explosion of the Chogha Zanbil natural gas pipeline. Indeed, the authorities initially declared that the explosion was an accident. Nonetheless, on 9 September 2013, Judge Sayed Mohammed Baqir Mousavi of the Second Branch of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court convicted the three men of moharebeh and sentenced Mr. Chebeishat and Mr. Mousavi to execution and Mr. Chayani to 25 years of imprisonment in exile in Yazd in central Iran, a violation of Iran’s national code.