IRAN: TWO AHWAZI ARABS SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER PIPELINE ATTACK
September 15, 2013: Two Ahwazi Arabs have been sentenced to death by a notorious judge who is currently the subject of EU sanctions.
Ali Chebeishat (47), also known as Ali Kaabi, and Sayed Yasin Mousawi (35) were convicted by judge Seyed Mohammad Bagher Moussavi at Branch 2 of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court.
A third activist, Salam Chayan (32), was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in the city of Yazd; he had been transferred to hospital in late July after his health deteriorated in Dezful prison, where he was being held. All three men are members of the Youth of Shush Cultural Institute.
Their forced "confessions", following months of torture, have been recorded for broadcast by Iran's English language broadcaster Press TV.
The three men were arrested with six others last November as the Iranian regime sought revenge for anĀ attack on a pipelineĀ by theĀ Brigades of the Martyr Mohiuddin Al Nasser, the military wing of the National Resistance of Ahwaz group.
Chebeishat is a well-known poet from the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near Shush. His two sons Hussein (29), married with one child, and Sala Aldin (22) were among those arrested by the intelligence services. They had been attending their mother's mourning ceremony at the time. No arrest warrants were presented.
Chebeishat was subjected to barbaric physical and psychological torture, including the extraction of his fingernails and broken ribs. Some of the torture was carried out in front of his sons. In July, Chebeishat, Mousawi and Chayan staged a hunger strike in protest against their torture and ill-treatment while being held at an intelligence service detention facility in Ahwaz. (Sources: www.ahwaziarabs.info, 15/09/2013)