Turkish Authorities Detain 11 People Involved in Abduction of Iranian Dissident

Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) detained 11 individuals for participating in a notorious Turkish drug cartel that was responsible for the abduction of an Iranian dissident in November, authorities said on Monday.

Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) detained 11 individuals for participating in a notorious Turkish drug cartel that was responsible for the abduction of an Iranian dissident in November, authorities said on Monday.

Habib Chaab, who had been living in exile in Sweden for the last 14 years, is an Iranian-Arab separatist leader also known as Asewadi.

He was wanted by Tehran due to his role in the 2018 attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz that claimed the lives of 25 people, including troopers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and civilian bystanders.

According to a senior official, Chaab’s abduction was planned by the Iranian intelligence and carried out by a drug cartel run by Naji Sharifi Zindasti.

Security forces who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the Iranian dissident was lured to come to Istanbul to meet his ex-wife, who had been working for the Iranian intelligence, on Oct. 9.

After meeting with the woman in a van at a petrol station, kidnappers then drugged Chaab and smuggled him across the border to Iran.

A state-run media outlet in Iran reported in November that Iranian intelligence ministry officers had captured Chaab over his alleged participation in the fatal attack on a military parade in 2018, providing no details about when or how he was taken into custody.

Turkish police said that the people suspected of taking part in Chaab’s abduction were arrested in recent days.


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