Relative Of Hanged Ahwazis Calls for International Prosecution Of Judges

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Iran prepares to execute tribal family

The British Ahwazi Friendship Society has received photographs and the personal details of the sons of an Ahwazi Arab tribal leader who face imminent execution in an act of vengeance against mass demonstrations by Ahwazis against the Iranian regime.

Six sons of tribal leader Hajj Salem Bawi are currently in custody with three reportedly convicted of "war against Allah" and sentenced to death. The Iranian regime has executed an unknown number of Ahwazis in the past year. Some have "disappeared" after their arrest and their mutilated bodies have been found washed up in the Karoon River - click here for more details. Others have been officially executed, either in prison or in public squares on truck-mounted cranes, after trial by secretive religious courts.

It is not known where or when the Bawi brothers will be executed. Last week, Hajj Salem Bawi wrote an appeal to President Ahmadinejad to spare his sons' lives - click here for more details. The Bawi family are not known for involvement in political activism and own a number of computer shops in Ahwaz City.

Nasser Bani Assad, BAFS spokesman, said: "Two of the Bawi brothers have children, two others are students and all work hard in an expanding family business. The Iranian regime is claiming that these young men are willing to sacrifice their family lives and business and bomb fellow Arabs on the instruction of the British government. It is absurd.

"The regime wants to punish Ahwazi Arabs for daring to raise a voice against oppression and injustice. They have extracted confessions from Ahwazis in their custody using torture. They have set up a kangaroo religious court to try the men without any members of the public, press or their own family present. On the basis of this corrupt and abominable system of 'justice', they are prepared to wipe out an entire generation of a law-abiding Arab family.

"If the hard-liners think executions will pacify Ahwazi Arabs, they are very wrong. Ahwazis can only conclude that there is no fair system of justice in Iran and that Arabs cannot run businesses and rescue themselves from the crushing poverty they endure on a daily basis. Further despair and anger will heighten unrest in Al-Ahwaz and in turn give the authorities excuses for stepping up the ethnic cleansing of Ahwazi Arabs from their homeland."

Details of Bawi family members:

Asad Habib Dakhil Bawi
Born: 22 June 1972
ID #773
Married with two sons
Arrested: 11.00am, 11 August 2005 at family computer shop.

Mohsen Salem Dakhil Bawi
Born: 11 September 1973
ID #9024
Arrested: 9.00pm 11 August 2005 at family computer shop

Sohrab (Amad) Salem Dakhil Bawi
Born: 11 November 1975
ID #9026
Arrested: 9.00pm, 10 August 2005 at family computer shop

Zamen Salem Dakhil Bawi
Born: 23 August 1977
ID #9027
Married with one son
Arrested: 2.30pm, 10 August 2005 in Akherasfalt street

Hani Salem Dakhil Bawi
Born: 21 September 1984
ID #2619
Single, student of Ahwaz University
Arrested: 9.00pm, 10 August 2005 at family computer shop

Moslem Salem Dakhil Bawi
Born: 21 September 1987
ID #8642
Single, student
Arrested: 10 August 2005 at an internet cafe