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Eleven Ahwazi Arab political prisoners being held in Karoon Prison in Ahwaz have been transferred to the custody of the Iranian intelligence services for further interrogation, according to the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (ASMLA).

Despite the breach of legal procedures, the 11 political activists from the city of Al-Hamidiya were moved to secret detention facilities operated by the Ministry of Intelligence for unknown reasons on August 29. They have been named as:

  • Idan Abdulkazem al-Shakhi (Beit Sayyah)
  • Adnan Ali Saedi
  • Reza Nazal Obeidawi
  • Jawad Batrani
  • Jalil Naami
  • Jasem Ghlais Obeidawi
  • Khaled Jomaa Hassan Obeidawi
  • Hassan Jalaw Abbiyat
  • Hassan Rashed Manabi
  • Moustafa Sabah Koti

The detainees have been convicted on trumped up charges of 'enmity with God', a crime that is often used to convict critics of the Iranian regime. Some of the detainees - Idan Beit Sayyah, Khaled Obeidawi and Hassan Abbiyat - were shown on Iran Press TV giving false confessions following months of torture in the custody of the Iranian intelligence services.