The Iranian regime executed this Saturday the dissident with dual Swedish and Iranian nationality Habib Farajollah Chaab, sentenced to death for alleged “terrorism” and accused of leading an Arab separatist group in the west of the country.
“The capital sentence for Habib Chaab (…), head of the terrorist group Harakat al Nidal, was executed today, Saturday morning”, published the official website of Iranian justice, Mizan Online.
The Iranian authorities confirmed his death sentence on March 12 for “corruption on Earth, management and direction of a rebel group and conception and execution of numerous terrorist operations.”
In addition, they accused him of working for numerous espionage services such as the INC (from the United States), the mossad (From Israel), Toad (from Sweden) and other countries in the region.
Sweden then deplored the death penalty as “an inhuman and irreversible punishment”. “Sweden, like the rest of the European Union, condemns its application in all circumstances,” declared its foreign minister, Tobias Billstrom.
Chaab, in his 50s according to Iranian media and nicknamed Habib Asyubwas considered the head of the group Harakat al Nidal or ASMLA (Arab Movement to Fight for the Liberation of Ahvaz), classified as a terrorist movement by the regime.
Disappeared in October 2020 after having traveled to Istanbul and reappeared a month later imprisoned in Iran.
In January 2022 he was tried for “terrorism” and the spread of “corruption on Earth,” one of the most serious criminal charges in Iran. The court announced his death sentence on December 6.
In November 2020, Iranian television broadcast a video of Habib Chaab in which he accused himself of a deadly attack in September 2018 in Ahvazcapital of the province of Khuzestan (southwest), and working for the Saudi intelligence services.
The Ahvaz attack was committed during a military parade organized on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the start of the war between Iraq and Iran (1980-88). four extremists They opened fire with Kalashnikov rifles. from behind the authorities’ rostrum, killing 25 people, including soldiers and civilians, including women and children, and injuring another 60.
Chaab is the latest person to be sentenced to death after being found guilty of belonging to Harakat al-Nidal.
Sweden initiated the procedures to offer him consular assistance, but was unable to do so because Iran does not recognize dual nationality.
In February, the Iranian judiciary sentenced to death a Kurdish militant who had been convicted of killing a police officer, a move condemned by human rights groups who labeled him a political prisoner.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)
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