The European Union condemned “in the strongest terms” the execution this Saturday of the Swedish-Iranian citizen Habib Chaab, in the hands of the Persian regime.
“The death penalty violates the inalienable right to lifeenshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.”read a statement issued on behalf of the Twenty-seven and signed by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
In the note, in addition to remembering his firm opposition to the application of capital punishment “in any circumstance”the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs offered his condolences to Chaan’s family and expressed his solidarity with Sweden.
The Swedish-Iranian -detained since October 2020, after disappearing during a trip to Turkey- had been sentenced to death in December for “corruption on Earth, management and direction of a rebel group, and conception and execution of numerous terrorist operations”, according to Tehran authorities. Added to this are the accusations of having worked for spy services as the INC -in charge of the United States-, the mossad -of Israel- and Toad -from Sweden-, among others.
Chaab, also known as Habib Asyub, was considered the head of the group Harakat al Nidal or ASMLA (Arab Movement of Struggle for the Liberation of Ahvaz), which the regime branded as terrorist movementand even having participated in the deadly September 2018 attack in that city, which ended with 25 deaths and 60 wounded.
According to the Iranian Prosecutor’s Office, during the trial, the dissident admitted to having worked with the Saudi intelligence agency to carry out the attackalthough this sowed great mistrust in the international community since it considers these “forced” confessions and often, issued under duress.
In the statement, Borrell alluded, on the other hand, to the growing number of citizens being “arbitrarily” detained and to the restrictions faced by EU citizens when they want to access consular protection or even a fair trial. All this, she remarked, constitutes a direct violation of international law.
For its part, the NGO Iran Human Rights referred to the poor conditions in which these prisoners are held, who are often “subjected to torture after his kidnapping.
Chaab is the second dual national to be executed by the Persian regime so far this year. The first had been British Iranian and former Deputy Defense Minister Alireza Akbari, who was accused of spying for the British Intelligence agency in exchange for money.
Sweden summoned the Iranian ambassador
After learning of the execution, the Government of Sweden summoned the Iranian ambassador to the country in protest.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a strong condemnation of the execution of the death sentence. The death penalty is an inhuman and irreversible punishment and Sweden, along with the rest of the EU, condemns its application in all circumstances,” they wrote from the portfolio in the document sent to the official.
The country’s foreign minister, Tobias Billstromassured that Stockholm had contacted Tehran to “demand that the sentence not be carried out”something that the regime dismissed from the outset.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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