Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On Sunday January 27, five Ahwazi Arab death row prisoners contacted their family by phone from Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
According to news obtained by CHRR, the 5 minority prisoners who had been moved to an undisclosed location on January 17th have now been transferred back to Karoun prison. There was no information on the whereabouts and fate of the five prisoners on death row for 10 days after they were moved from the prison.
In a short phone contact with their family on Sunday, the Arab prisoners said that they have been transferred back to Karoun prison and that their physical state is fine.
The 5 men named Hashem Shabanijed, poet, blogger, teacher of Arabic literature with a masters degree in political science from Ahwaz University; Hadi Rashed, M.A. in applied chemistry and a chemistry teacher; Mohammad Ali Amourinejad, blogger, student activist and former member of the Islamic Society of Isfahan University of Technology; Jaber Alboshoka, computer science major and private in the military; Mokhtar Alboshoka, worker at a stone mining company, are Arab Ahwazi minority members from the southern province of Khuzestan.
On July 7, 2012, Branch 2 of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court presided by judge MohammadMousavi handed down the death sentence for these five civil activists on the charges of “propaganda against the regime,” “acting against national security,” and “moharebeh” (enmity with God). The country’s Supreme Court later upheld the death penalty.