Sunday, 20 May 2012

Show Trial of the Six Ahwazi Activists (was scheduled for today) Has Been Adjourned.

Show trial of the six men "charged in separate five-minute court sessions with the vaguely-worded offences of “enmity against God and corruption on earth" (moharebeh va ifsad fil-arz), “gathering and colluding against state security” and “spreading propaganda against the system” scheduled for today 20 May 2012 has been adjourned, a family member of one of six men confirmed today. 
Blogger Mohammad Ali Amouri, chemistry teacher Rahman Asakereh and teacher Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were arrested on 16 February. Teacher Hadi Rashidi (or Rashedi) was arrested on 28 February, and Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his younger brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka were arrested in March appeared before Branch 2 of the Dezful Revolutionary Court on 20 May 2012.

This comes two days after Amnesty International launched an Urgent Appeal 0n May 18 urging Iran to:

Try Six Ahwazi Arabs rights activists according to international fair trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty;

Protect all six from torture and other ill-treatment, and that they are allowed regular access to lawyers of their choosing and to

Ensure that six Ahwazi Arabs get immediate access to adequate medical treatment.

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