Balochistan Peoples Party’s Appeal: To Pressurize Iranian Authorities To Release Innocent Young Men Of Nassir Abad
To avoid fulfilling the Baloch people’s demands it blames Baloch activists of having contact with foreign countries and receiving wages as mercenaries of foreign countries.
Balochistan Peoples Party’s Appeal: To pressurize Iranian authorities to release innocent young men of Nassir Abad.
On the evening of Sunday January 4, 2015, when most people were asleep in their homes, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Forces raided Nasir Abad, a small village in the district Sarbaz. During this raid the Quds Force arrested about 18 people, the majority of whom were young men, between 18 and 30 years of age. The village of Nasir Abad is situated 35 kilometers from Rask, and is the center of Sarbaz district in the Sistan and Baluchistan Province.
1- Abubaker Bahramzahi, s/o Haji Ahmed, working for Halal Ahmer (Red Crescent)
2- Abubaker Mulazahi, s/of Ibrahim, owner of hone interior shop
3- Bashir Boladai s/o Abdul Latif, farmer
4- Edris Boladai s/o Abdul Latif, farmer
5- Amer Goramzahi s/o Mohammad Karim, working for Halal Ahmer (Red crescent)
6- Amin Bahramzahi s/o Dadrahim, landowner and farmer.
7- Yousef Bahramzahi s/o Dadrahim, student.
8- Akbar s/o Musa, taxi driver
9- Khaled Bahramzahi s/o Karech, working as a driver.
10- Muslim Dehghani, working as a driver
11- Davood Bahramzahi, s/o Dadmohammad
12- Omid Bahramzahi s/o Haji gul Mohammad, university master student, studying literature
13- Abdulsattar Bahramzahi s/o Dura, head of Nasir Abad Halal Ahmr, (Iranian Red Crescent)
14- Maseeb Watankha, resident of Nasir Abad, arrested from Rask
15- Nahim Bahramzahi, s/o Pir Mohammad
16- Adham Arbabi s/o Yarmohammad
17- Zubair Bahramzahi s/o Shahdad
18- Abdulah Bahramzahi, trainee
Various representative of the regime gave different versions, accounts, and reasons for the arrests of the people in Nasir Abad.
Mr. Hossien Rahimi, Commander of the Iranian Security Forces, said that the group of people arrested in Nasir Abad on 4 January were responsible for the killing of Molavi Jangizahi in November 2011.
Following the assassination of Molavi Jangizahi regime arrested 15 innocent Baloch civilians from January to March 2012; some of whom were later forced to confess under torture on national television and sentenced to various terms:
1- Mulavi Naghshbandi, convicted to 15 years imprisonment and exile to Khalkhal, which is located far away from his birthplace in Balochistan;
2- Mulavi Abdul Ghafar Naghshbandi convicted to 13 years and exile to an unspecified place;
3- Malek Mohammad Abadian, sentenced to death;
4- Jaber Abadian (son of Malek Mohammad Abadian), sentenced to death;
5- Jawad Abadian (son of Malek Mohammad Abadian), sentenced to death;
6- Nezamuldin Mulazadeh, sentenced to death;
The sentencing of two of the prisoners, Faghir Mohammad Raisi and Gul Mohammad Boladai, has not been specified yet.
Mr. Malik Mohammad Abadian’s daughter has sent an open letter to Mr. Hossien Rahimi and other Iranian authorities to inquire why her father, two brothers and an uncle Gol Mohammad Boladai, and others were arrested in 2012, allegedly for the assassination of Mulavi Jangizahi – a crime they did not commit; why the regime has tortured them, forced them to confess on national television and sentenced them to death why several young people from Nasir Abad were arrested without any concrete evidence, yet again for the assassination of Mulavi Jangizhi.
The arrests in Nasir Abad, in 2015, as well as in in Paroud, Hiet and Jask in 2012 are part of the Iranian regime’s policy to weaken the Baloch community by creating a sense of insecurity.
Since the arrests in Nasir Abad, the families of the victims have been unable to visit them, and prisoners have been provided a due judicial process according to Iranian law.
Based on the discriminatory policies of the Iranian government toward the people of Balochistan, which allows torture and execution of Baloch prisoners, the Balochistan Peoples Party urges you to call upon the Iranian authorities:
1. To provide a due judicial process to the arrested people in the Nasir Abad; to provide them with defense lawyers and open legal trials; and to free the innocent;
2. To release also those who were previously arrested for the same cases that the regime is now accusing innocent people in Nasir Abad for;
3. To free all political prisoners, while ensuring that people charged with committing crimes under the country’s law be given a fair, free and open trial, as well as access to defense lawyer.
During the mass arrests, people sleeping at their family homes were terrorized, creating anguish among women, children, and the elderly. Their homes were surrounded and innocent members of the families were taken away in the middle of the night.
Background and Analysis: “Divide and Rule Policy”
When it comes to Baluchistan, Iran follows a discriminatory, colonial policy of divide and rule. The regime kills one Baloch and accuses the other ones for a crime that they have committed and punish them.
Iranian government uses different pretexts to suppress the Baloch people. To make sure that nobody can understand the real reasons behind the regime’s mass arrests, killings and other methods of suppression in Balochistan. Every representative of the regime gives a different version of the same incident (mass arrests) different than the other authority’s accounts. The different versions and accounts are provided to hide the real reason behind regimes suppression policy against Baloch people.
Following the arrests in Nasir Abad, in their official statements and interviews to news agencies, several representative of the regime such as the provincial governor, Members of Parliament, the spokesperson of the Minister of Interior, the Quds Force and the security forces commander, each gave different accounts, numbers and reasons for the arrests,.
Mr. Hossien Rahimi commander of Iranian security forces, announced that they had arrested 18 people, with the help of Quds Forces, Foreign Unit. He blamed the arrested people for being terrorists that had received funding from abroad. He added that for each successful operation they had received between 400 000 and 1 000 000 Iranian tuman, which corresponds to between 131 and 341 US Dollars . With the current exchange rate of 1 US dollar is more than 3000 Iranian Tuman.
Mr. Rahimi listed at least 15 killing incidents that according to him the group had confessed to committing. He added that the group had been established in 2008, to create instability.
Mr. Rahimi said that these people had been involved in the assassination of Mulavi Mustafa Jangizahi and one of his companions on 22 December 2011, and also blamed them for killing teachers: Jawad Nourozi on 15 April 2014, Reza Sargazi in October 2014, Mohammad Islami in 2011, Esa Sharaki along with a Baseeji from al Sunnat, Adham Sabouri on 1 January 2015, in the Nasir Abad village.
Mr. Rahimi added that they had also confessed to killing of Mohammad Reza Sayadi, an employee of Government ID card registration office, and killing two soldiers of the security forces at a check point.
He also alleged that they had confessed the killing of four members of border security forces headquarters in 2012.
The head of security forces added that the arrested people had confessed that they had been planning to plant roadside bombs to target security forces and police vehicles.
According to Commander Rahimi the arrested had confessed to having received military and ideological training for 3 months in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to having received money from someone in the Gulf countries.
Meanwhile ‘Quds Force’, in a statement which was quoted by ISNA, announced the arrest of 12 people by a joint operation of Quds Forces and other security forces units under the command of Quds Force.
Mr Hussein Zulfaghari Vice Chairman of the Interior Ministry had said about the assassination of the Eisa Shahraki on 1 January 2015, that this killing has not been a terrorist act but a criminal act.
Mr Ali Amiri, spokeperson of the Home Ministry said that 20 people belonging to Jaysh ul-Adle were arrested in a cell.