A Report about Maher Kabi’s Situation in Ardabil Prison
HRANA News Agency – Maher Kabi, Arab prisoner from Shoush, is one of the prisoners who were arrested in connection with protests and demonstrations by the Arab citizens against “the demographic change of the province” in 2011 and has been sentenced to imprisonment in exile. He was tortured by being fasten to the bed and lashed and eventually he was forced to give false confessions on TV.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Maher Kabi, son of Rahim, civil engineering student and a resident of the city of Shoush in Khuzestan Province, is serving 10 years imprisonment in exile at ward seven of Central Prison of Ardabil, on charges of “membership in Ahwaz Liberation Organization, propaganda against the regime through connection with the enemy medias and sending false news in order to demonize the Islamic Republic of Iran at the international level and also stimulate citizens to take action against the regime (taking part in protests in Ahvaz April 15)”.
A close source to this political prisoner told HRANA’s reporter: “Mr. Kabi amid parliamentary election in 2011, was involved with activities such as providing news from people grievances and protests in the winter of 2011, and inviting people to the polls absence, particularly in the city of Shoush. Among the important news that he released about the suppression on protesters and arresting them, one was the detention of Mohammad Kabi and his wife Khadijeh Kabi, who was pregnant and under her fetus was aborted under torture. He sent a lot of news of the arrests in the region, to the media and human rights organizations”.
Maher Kabi was arrested before the interview with a foreign media channel, by the Intelligence Office of Ahvaz, and was transferred to solitary confinement in this institution, and was tortured and interrogated for 3 months.
The source said: “Strapping him to a desk while he was handcuffed and blindfolded, and beating him with a whip was one of the tortures which was used against him.”
About the psychological torture he said: “He was naked in front of several interrogators, threatened to death, and his cell was next to the interrogation room where the others were being tortured”.
Maher Kabi was forced to have an interview with Press TV, by being threatened that his condition would be worse than what it was and being transferred to another place where two other prisoners named; Ali Beit Abdullah (who has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in exile, and is currently in Gorgan prison, and suffers from lung cancer), and Ahmad Dabat (sentenced to 22 years imprisonment in exile, and is currently in Yazd prison), were there.
After three months, Maher Kabi was transferred from Intelligence Office detention to Dezful prison and was held there for 9 months incommunicado. This prisoner also was held in the ward of addicted prisoners – ward 3 for 18 months.
He was sentenced eventually to 10 years imprisonment and exile to the central prison of Ardabil, after a trial of 20 minutes without a lawyer.
On the arrival of this prisoner to Ardebil Prison, head of prison’s security banned him arbitrarily for six months from having phone calls and visitors. During this period of time, his family had severe concern about him.
An informed source, regarding Maher Kabi’s health condition, said: “Mr. Kabi has 5 rotten teeth, which makes gum infection and takes additional suffering. In this respect, he himself and his family have written and spoken with authorities but no answer was given. These prisoners and their families request that their voices be heard about the laws and oppressive conditions by the international human rights organizations”.
Families of political prisoners exiled to the prison of Ardebil, remind it as “forgotten dreaded black hole”. According to sources close to these families, their imprisoned children are deprived of equal medical, cultural and judicial services because of their different faith or ethnicity.
HRANA had reported earlier that, at the moment, six political- security prisoners including 5 Baluch citizens and one Arab from Ahvaz are being held in Central Prison of Ardabil in exile. These prisoners, whose identities and details are as follows, are among the prisoners about whom less information has been released so far.
Ali Pazhgol, son of Saleh/Born in 1991/Sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested on December 14, 2010/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition group, (he has experienced 9 months solitary confinement at the Intelligence Office).
Nour Ahmad Hassan Zehi, son of Mohammad/Born in 1986/Sentenced to 26 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested on March 15, 2011/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition group, (he has experienced 9 months solitary confinement at the Intelligence Office).
Abdulkarim Shah Bakhsh, son of Mohammad/Born in 1961/Sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in exile/Arrest date unknown/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition group.
Maher Kabi, son of Rahim/Born in 1992/Sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested on February 7, 2012/ Accused of being a member of the Ahwazi Liberation Organization.
Shir Ahmad Shirani, son of Chaker/Born in 1983/Sentenced to 22 years imprisonment in exile/ Arrested on June 3, 2010/Accused of acting against the national security.
Mohammad Saber Malek Raeisi, son of Da’dali/Born in 1991/sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested in September 2009/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition group, (he was arrested at the age of 17 and has experienced 2 years solitary confinement at the Intelligence Office).
It should be noted, three other Arab prisoners namely Shahab Abbasi, Hadi Albokhanfarnezhad and Sami Jadmavi, were held in this prison.
According to HRANA pursuit, these three prisoners after 3 years of imprisonment in Karoun Prison, in Ahvaz, due to an unconventional order in 2012 issued by the Revolutionary Court in this city, were sentenced to three years imprisonment in exile in the city of Ardebil. A year later (2013), these three Ahvazi Arab citizens were transferred to the Central Prison of Ardabil and after enduring three years imprisonment in exile and after seven years in total, were released in July 2016.