Terror Group Ringleader Stands Trial in Iran

Terror Group Ringleader Stands Trial in Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The ringleader of a separatist group that had masterminded a fatal terrorist attack in southwestern Iran in 2018 was brought to trial in an Iranian court.

Habib Farajollah Chaab, also known as Habib Asyud, the ringleader of the SMLA terrorist group, stood trial at branch 26 of Tehran’s Islamic Revolution Court on Tuesday.

According to an indictment, he is charged with “managing and heading the SMLA terrorist group as well as planning and carrying out numerous bombing and terrorist operations in Khuzestan Province and destroying public property in order to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran’s establishment.”

He is also charged with bombing operations at the Housing and Urban Development Office, Planning and Budget Organization, and Department of Environment in Ahvaz, Press TV reported.

Chaab’s other charges include bombing operations targeting the governorates of Dezful and Abadan and oil pipelines in the cities of Abadan, Ahvaz, and Mahshahr, and also planning a bombing attack against Ahvaz’s Judiciary office.

The SMLA, which is directly supported by foreign intelligence agencies, has been pushing to separate Khuzestan -home to the country’s Arab population- from the rest of Iran through engaging in an armed conflict against the Iranian government.

In September 2018, it claimed responsibility for an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz that killed 25 people, including members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and civilian bystanders, and injured 70 others.

Chaab was arrested in November 2020 on the back of a set of “specialized and combined measures” by Iranian intelligence forces.

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