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Dozens of Ahwazi Arab activists face trial

Dozens of activists who demonstrated on the anniversary of the 2005 intifada have appeared in court in recent days.

Among them, on Tuesday 6 August, Saleh Tamoli (Torfi) (30), Mehdi Zergani (30) and Adel Saadoun (24), from Hay al-Thawra in Ahwaz city, appeared in Revolutionary Court. They had been arrested by the Intelligence Services on 11 April 2013. Their personal belongings such as laptops and books have been taken and they have been tortured by security officers over the past two months.

The Arab activists previously appeared in branch 12 of the Revolutionary Court on charges of making propaganda against the regime by launching Facebook pages and other social network activities.

In their recent appearance in court, they were denied a solicitor. The only evidence offered to support the charge of propaganda against the regime was some pictures relating to the conflict in Syria which were found in their laptops.

Source: Al-Arabiya