Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Arab Rights Activist Denied Meeting with Lawyer

Only a few days after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence, with four other activists Hadi Rashedi (37), Hashem Shaabani (31), Jabar al-Boushokeh, 27, Mokhtar al-Boushokeh (25), authorities at  notorious Karoun Prison  prevented  Mohammed Ali Amoori meeting with his lawyer  Dr. Ehsan Moaazedi. Authorities have also refused to allow his family  to visit him in prison.

His and four other fellow Ahwazi Arabs' death sentences were upheld by branch 32 of the Supreme Court by judges Farajullahi, Ghaemmaghami and Lutfi and was decide as fast track. Their family were informed  of the the decision on 9 January . 

Mohammad Ali Amoori (33), arrested in February 2011, is a fisheries engineer originally from Ahwaz City who relocated to Khalafabad. He graduated from Isfahan University with a degree in aquaculture and natural resources. He was one of the founding editors of the student newspaper Torath (Heritage) and was also an active blogger. He taught in some of the high schools in Khalafabad. He was originally inspired into political activism by the presidency of Mohammad Khatami. He had proposed a plan to form a civic institution called Al-Hewar (Dialogue), but permission was denied by the Ministry of the Interior. He was later involved in the Lejnat al-Wefaq (Reconciliation Committee), an Arab political association that was allowed to contest elections and won a number of seats in municipal councils, including a majority on Ahwaz City Council, as well as the Ahwaz seat in the Iranian Majlis. However, the organisation was banned by the government and he was forced to flee to Iraq in 2007 with Shahid Shaabani Amouri and Fares Silawi where he was arrested and detained for five years. Although he had refugee status, he was repatriated to Iran and arrested by the authorities. Fares was killed under torture in Iraq.



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