Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Swedish-Iranian dual citizen convicted of leading an Arab separatist group accused of attacks, including one on a 2018 military parade that killed 25 people, state media reported Sunday.
Iran said in 2020 that its security forces arrested Sweden-based Habib Farajollah Chaab in Turkey and brought him to Tehran, without saying where or how he was captured.
“Chaab was sentenced to death after several court sessions with the presence of his lawyer … The Supreme Court confirmed his death sentence,” Iran’s judiciary Mizan news agency reported.
In 2022, Iran opened the trial of Chaab on charges of leading the separatist Arab Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, which seeks a separate state in the oil-rich Khuzestan province of southwestern Iran, and planning and carrying out numerous bombings and terrorist operations. .’
He was sentenced to death for being “corrupt on earth,” a crime under Iran’s strict form of Islamic law, Iranian state media said.
The Islamic Republic has had strained relations with its ethnic minorities, which include Arabs, Kurds, Azeris and Baluch, and has accused them of aligning themselves with neighboring countries rather than Tehran.
Arabs and other minorities have long said they face discrimination in Iran, a charge the Islamic Republic denies.
The confirmation of Chaab’s death sentence comes amid deteriorating relations between Iran and Sweden during a Swedish court’s life imprisonment of a former Iranian official for involvement in the 1988 mass execution of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic.
Iran has rejected former Iranian official Hamid Noury’s conviction as “baseless, distorted and fabricated”.