Ahvaz Revolutionary Court sentenced an Arab citizen to 18 months incarceration

The Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz sentenced Massoud Zargani, an Arab citizen from Sheiban city in Khuzestan Province, southwest of Iran, to 1 year and 6 months imprisonment.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Massoud Zargani, an Arab citizen who was arrested by Ahvaz intelligence agents on Saturday, October 5, 2019, sentenced by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz, presided over by Judge Mehdi Shahin, to 1 year and 6 months in prison on charges of “acting against national security through inclination to the Yamani current.”

Massoud Zargani, an Arab citizen and student of oil engineering, was arrested on Saturday, October 5, 2019, by the Ahvaz intelligence agents in connection with the “Yamani current.”

After completing the interrogation process and being charged in July 2019, this Arab citizen was transferred to Ward 8 of Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz and is currently serving his imprisonment.

The charge against Massoud Zargani is “acting against national security through inclination towards the Yamani current.”

Massoud Zargani, son of Hamid, 21, is an oil engineering student and a resident of the Kheit-ol Rovas area (Beheshti town) in Sheiban, north of Ahvaz, according to human rights activist Karim Dahimi.

The Yamani current refers to a kind of religious belief of some Shiite Muslims, according to which Yamani is an apocalyptic figure who will come before the advent of Mahdi (Shiite Muslims 12th Imam currently disappeared), and from the point of view of these Shiites, he (the Yamani figure) invites people to the truth.

Ahmad Esmail Basri known as Ahmad Al-Hassan is one of those people who claims to be Yamani. He was the leader of a religious group called Ansar Al-Mahdi and at the end of 1999 he started the Yamani invitation.

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