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Iranian-Swedish dissident to face trial in Iran over Arab separatist ‘bomb attacks’

An Iranian-Swedish dissident held in Iran for over a year will face trial accused of carrying out “bomb attacks” for an Arab separatist group, says a charge sheet published today.

Habib Chaab disappeared during a visit to Turkey in October 2020 and a month later appeared in a video broadcast by Iran state television in which he confessed to robbery and working with Saudi intelligence services.

Iran accuses him of having led a “terrorist group called ASMLA,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online agency says, referring to an Arab separatist group.

ASMLA or the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz is designated as a terrorist group by Iran.

Chaab is also accused of “planning and carrying out a number of terrorist acts, including bomb attacks in Khuzestan province, and of destroying public property,” Mizan Online says.

The oil-rich southwestern province has a large Arab minority that has regularly complained of being marginalized.

A date for the trial has not been provided.

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