The Al-Ahwaz Democratic Popular Front (ADPF) has denied any involvement in bomb attacks in Ahwaz after being implicated in forced television "confessions" by two Ahwazis before they were executed last week.
The two men in their early 20s had read out scripts written by the regime that claimed they had contacted Ahwazi groups based in the UK and Canada, including the ADPF.
In response, the ADPF's spokesman Abu Sharif issued a statement claiming that the men had been tortured into confessing responsibility for the explosions in October 2005, which killed six people. He accused the Iranian government of carrying out the attacks to provide an excuse to impose martial law.
Despite its pro-independence line, which is at odds with many other Iranian minority parties who advocate decentralisation within a united Iran, the ADPF is not one of the groups that has claimed responsibility for attacks in Ahwaz. The Iranian government has failed to produce evidence linking any Ahwazi group or foreign governments to the attacks, beyond the "confessions" issued by the accused on Khuzestan TV.
Link: Iran regime shows forced confessions on television