KABUL (BNA) Iran executed a Swedish-Iranian dissident convicted of leading an Arab separatist group accused of attacks, including one on a military parade in 2018 that killed 25 people.
Habib Farajollah Chaab was sentenced to death for being “corrupt on earth”, a capital offence under Iran’s strict interpretation of Islamic law. State broadcaster IRIB reported his execution on Saturday.
“The death sentence for Habib Chaab … nicknamed Habib Asyud, the head of Harakat al-Nidal terrorist group … was executed today, Saturday morning,” the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan Online website reported.
Iran said in 2020 its security forces arrested Sweden-based Chaab in Turkey and took him to Tehran, without saying where or how he was captured.
In March, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the Swedish-Iranian dissident’s death sentence for alleged “terrorist” activities related to the Arab separatist group known as the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, which seeks a separate state in the oil-rich Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran.
He was found guilty of plotting and carrying out “numerous bombings and terrorist operations”.
Iranian authorities had accused Chaab of staging attacks since 2005 “under the protection of two spy services, including the Mossad and Sapo” — the Israeli and Swedish agencies, respectively.