Political Prisoner Habib Asivad Executed

On May 6, 2023, Habib Chaab, a political prisoner also known as Habib Asivad, was executed in Iran after being accused of “spreading corruption on earth” through his alleged involvement with a group called Harekat Nezal.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Iranian Judiciary’s news agency, on May 6, 2023, Mizan, political prisoner Habib Chaab was executed.

Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, led by Judge Iman Afshari, sentenced Chaab to death for “spreading corruption on earth” through his supposed role in commanding Harekat Nezal. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of Iran.

Asivad was abducted in Turkey in October 2020 and transported to Tehran. Subsequently, in a report, Iran State TV accused him of leading Harekat Nezal and orchestrating a terrorist attack on a parade of armed forces on September 22, 2018.

In 2022, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered 457 reports related to the death penalty. This included 92 death sentences, including the conviction of 6 people to public execution and 565 execution sentences were carried out, 2 of which have been carried out in public. Based on the announced identifications of some of the executed individuals, 501 were male and 11 were female. In addition, 5 juvenile offenders were executed in 2022, meaning they were under the age of 18 at the time they committed the crime.