Five Arab minority political prisoners sentenced to death

Human rights activists expressed concern that the five had been secretly executed. The five prisoners are Abdolrahman Heydari, The Heydari, Jamshid Heydari, Mansour Heydari and Amir Moavi. The reports further reveal that Karoon Prison was placed on special alert and internal security forces were positioned around the prison, imposing unprecedented restrictions on political prisoners, cutting off telephone lines and discontinuing meetings. Heavy pressure was applied on the families of prisoners to not give media interviews. The five prisoners, including three brothers, a cousin and another individual, were arrested during Iranian Arab protests that took place last year in Ahvaz and sentenced to death on charges of killing security forces personnel, a charge that was vehemently denied by all five. Amnesty International called on the immediate stay of the executions. Sources: Iran Daily Brief

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