Iran's leading prisoners rights activist, Emad Baghi (pictured), has revealed that 26 year old Abdolamir Farjolah Kaab was on hunger strike when he was executed in Karoun Prison on Tuesday (24 January) along with three other Ahwazi Arab political prisoners.
Baghi told Radio Farda that he had staged a hunger strike to protest at being held in solitary confinement for nearly a year. He claimed that all four were held in solitary confinement from the time of their arrest in March 2006 until they were executed.
Baghi also accused the Iranian government of breaking Islamic rules which forbid executions during the month of Moharam.
The names of executed are:
1. Mohammad Lazem Kaab Pour, 28, married with one child, student at Shushtar University
2. Abdolamir Farjolah Kaab, 26, married, student at Shushtar University
3. Alireza Asakereh, 24, single from Maashur (Mahshahr)
4. Khalaf Dohrab Khanafereh (Khazirawi), 34, married with one child from Falahieh
They were among 10 men, all members of Iran's Arab minority, who were reportedly convicted of being mohareb (at enmity with God). On 10 January 2007, three leading UN human rights experts - Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Leandro Despouy, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on torture - jointly called on the government of Iran to "stop the imminent execution of seven men belonging to the Ahwazi Arab minority and grant them a fair and public hearing." These UN experts stated: "We are fully aware that these men are accused of serious crimes. However, this cannot justify their conviction and execution after trials that made a mockery of due process requirements."