IRAN: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS EXECUTION SENTENCE FOR 4 YOUNG ARAB MEN
July 27, 2013: With the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the death sentences of 4 young Arab men from Ahvaz on charges of "moharebeh" (enmity with God) and "corruption on earth," the prisoners are currently in danger of imminent execution at Karoon Prison in Ahvaz, Iran.
The 4 Arab citizens and their families were informed of the Supreme Court's decision on July 10.
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, a human rights activist in Ahvaz who is knowledgeable about the case told the Campaign that the 4 men did not have any political activities and the only justification for these charges was a gun found during the search of the home of one of the suspects.
The residents arrested from Ahvaz's Shadegan neighborhood include Ghazi Abbasi, now 31, Abdolreza Amir Khanafareh, now 26, Abdolamir Majdami, now 33, and Jassem Moghaddam, now 28.
In April 2012, Branch One of Ahvaz Revolutionary Court under Judge Ali Farhadvand sentenced the 4 men to death on charges of "moharebeh [enmity with God] and corruption on earth through armed confrontation." Branch 32 of the Supreme Court under Judge Reza Farajollahi upheld the ruling on February 13, 2013. The prisoners were only informed of the Supreme Court's decision on July 10, 5 months later. (Sources: Iran Human Rights, 27/07/2013)