Four Citizens Detained in Ahvaz Prison for Over Two Months Without Clear Legal Proceedings

Foad Choobin, Keysan Shahabi, Danial Khanehzar, and Iman Khedri have been held in Sheyban Prison, Ahvaz, for over 65 days without clear indications of further legal proceedings.

Their lawyer, Hossein Ali Khatami, stated that their clients have been charged with propaganda against the regime, as reported by HRANA. The objections against extending their detention have been rejected twice so far.

On April 11, 2023, these individuals were arrested by security forces in Izeh. Foad Choobin is the uncle of Artin Rahmani, a 17-year-old minor killed by regime forces during the 2022 nationwide protests.

Shahabi and Choobin are residents of Izeh, while Khedri and Khanehzar reside in Masjed Soleyman.

Background on the 2022 Nationwide Protests

The protests in Iran were triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini by the Tehran Morality Police for her improper hijab and her subsequent suspicious death on September 16. The demonstrations quickly spread across the country, with participants rallying against the performance, laws, and structure of the regime. Thousands of people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students, and civil rights activists, were arrested during the nationwide protests.

 

Flogged in Public for Sex Outside of Marriage

HRANA News Agency – A prisoner was flogged in public in Masjed-Soleyman, Khuzestan Province, on charges of having sexual intercourse without being married.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on Tuesday afternoon, July 20, 2011, a prisoner identified by the initials Q. M. received 90 lashes in Masjed-Soleyman’s main square.

Khuzestan Province’s Judiciary Public Relations announced that the flogging sentence had been issued by the criminal court in order to carry out justice and enforce the law of the land.