Iranian security forces have killed an opposition activist in Ahwaz, the capital of Khuzestan Province, and handed his body to his family on Thursday, a week after he was detained for allegedly pursuing a secessionist agenda of ethnic Arabs in the region, sources told Al Arabiya.
Nasser al-Boshoukeh Darafshan, 25, was detained on Jan. 25 in Ahwaz’s Naderi Street and taken to a security intelligence center where he was held for a week before his death.
A relative of the victim, who refused to be named for security reasons, told Al Arabiya by phone that no charge was filed against Darafshan in a court and that his body bore marks of torture.
The alleged extra-judicial killing, the relative said, appeared to be associated with Darafshan’s opposition of the Iranian regime’s policies against ethnic Arabs and Sunni Muslims in the region.
In a similar case, another Arab activist was detained in Ahwaz in March 2011, killed in Ahwaz prison and his body was delivered to his family a few days later.
Local media opposed to the current Iranian regime reported that security forces have detained dozens who participated in a night protest against the regime in Ahwaz.
Authorities also imposed emergency in the city and ordered raids on homes of suspect…