Iran: An Ahwazi Arab Minority Prisoner, Tortured and Executed

Iran: An Ahwazi Arab Minority Prisoner, Tortured and Executed

Published by on March 1, 2021

International Liberty Association: Iranian authorities tortured and executed an Ahwazi Arab minority prisoner in south-west of Iran.Ahwazi Arab prisoner, Jasem Heydari, was executed along with three other prisoners on 28 Sunday February.

Jasem Heydari was convicted of “armed insurrection” (baghi) by the Revolutionary Court in Ahvaz and sentenced to death in connection with his alleged collaboration with groups opposed to the Iranian regime.
The Supreme Court upheld the verdict in November 2020.

Following his arrest in December 2017, he was held for months in solitary confinement without access to his family or lawyer and subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

It is worth mentioning that, Jasem Heydari was a refugee in Austria before his arrest, but after returning to the country, he was arrested in Tehran and transferred to Evin Prison.

Intelligence agents subjected him to physical and psychological torture in order to force him to make ‘forced confessions’.

ILA: To put more pressure on the activist prisoner, the Ahvaz Intelligence Ministry agents arrested his 50-year-old mother, Marzieh Heydari, on 11 March 2018. Ms. Heidari was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, and later released on bail.

Jasem Heydari and four other Arab prisoners Ali Khasraji, Hossein Seilavi, Ali Motiri, and Ali Mojaddam sewed their lips and started a hunger strike on 23 January 2021, in protest at their prison conditions, denial of family visits, and the ongoing threat of execution.

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