|Mohammad Ali Amoori (left) and Sayed Zia Nabavi|
Nabavi has been in prison since June 2009. While in Karoon Prison, he met and befriended Ahwazi Arab activist Mohammad Ali Amouri, who is currently facing execution for “enmity with God”.
In a recent appeal, entitled “story of an exiled prisoner about a prisoner who is sentenced to death, Nabavi described Amoori as a moderate person and rejected the regime’s allegations against him and other Ahwazis sentenced to death.
Nabavi has been under pressure from the intelligence services to publicly disavow his letter of support for Amoori, but he has refused to co-operate.
Amoori also wrote a letter of appeal which stated: “I was seeking peace and dialogue, what sin have I done to be killed? To save innocent people who demand humanitarian help, peace, freedom and basic political and social rights?”
He added: “I was subjected to physical and psychological torture in solitary confinement in Ahwaz City for six months and then in Karoon prison where after two years I was sentenced to death by an unjust court. I have been asking since then: why do they want to kill me?”