The British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) has received reports that two Ahwazi Arab political prisoners were executed in the courtyard of a prison in Dezful while another two were executed by hanging in a public square in Shiraz. We do not have the names of those killed by the Iranian regime.
On 16 February, the Ahwaz Revolutionary court sentenced 10 Ahwazi Arabs to death for alleged connection to recent bombings: Amar Bawi, Hani Bawi, Zamal Bawi, Said Abiat, Mehdi Nawaseri, Ali Aodeh Afrawi (medical doctor), Mohamadali Saweri (teacher), Raisan Sawaeri and Moslem Alhani. BAFS has been following the cases of the Bawi brothers, who are the sons of Ahwazi tribal leader and businessman Hajj Salem Bawi. Click here for further details.
Prisons in Ahwaz are overflowing due to mass arrests by the Iranian authorities. At least 100 people were arrested in demonstrations in Ahwaz City and Fallahieah (Shadegan) on 16 February for wearing the kafieh and white dishdasha, Arab clothes recently banned in Khuzestan by the regime, and for carrying the Ahwazi national flag. Witnesses reported that Sepidar prison was refusing new prisoners due to over-crowding, a problem that is also affecting Karoon, Chahrshir, Amanieh and Serah prisons.