Iran executes Swedish-Iranian dual national: State media | Death Penalty News

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Habib Farajollah Chaab was sentenced to death over his role with a separatist group alleged to have carried out a deadly attack.

Iran has 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, state media has reported.

Habib Farajollah Chaab was sentenced to death for being “corrupt on earth”, a capital offence under Iran’s strict Islamic laws, Reuters news agency reported.

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.

In March, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the Iranian-Swedish 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”.

Iran has had tense relations with its ethnic minorities, which include Arabs, Kurds, Azeris and Baluch, and has accused them of aligning with neighbouring countries.

Arabs and other minorities have long complained of facing discrimination in Iran, an accusation Tehran denies.

Iran said in 2020 that its security forces arrested Sweden-based Chaab in Turkey and took him to Tehran, without saying where or how he was captured.

Sweden had voiced concern over Chaab’s case.

Ties with Iran have also soured over a Swedish court’s life-time prison sentence for a former Iranian official for involvement in the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988 in the Islamic Republic.


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