Abdolmalek Rigi, head of the rebel group Jundallah who waged a deadly insurgency in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan, was hanged early Sunday, state news agency IRNA reported.“After the decision of the Tehran revolutionary tribunal, Abdolmalek Rigi was hanged on Sunday Â morning in Evin prison,” IRNA said.
It quoted a court statement as saying: “The head of the armed counter-revolutionary group in the east of the country … was responsible for armed robbery, assassination attempts, armed attacks on the army and police and on ordinary people, and murder.”
Rigi was captured in February while on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgystan. His hanging on Sunday comes less than a month after his brother Abdolhamid was hanged on charges of “terrorism”.
IRNA, quoting the court statement, said Rigi’s group was “responsible for the killing of 154 members of security forces and other innocent people and wounding of 320 people since 2003.”
It said Jundallah was “linked to members of foreign intelligence services, including members from US and Zionist regime’s intelligence services under the cover of NATO.”
It was also linked to intelligence services of some Arab countries and counter-revolutionary group People’s Mujahedeen, the statement said.
IRNA said he had been sentenced to be hanged in front of the relatives of some of the victims of his attacks, but the report did not specify whether he was actually executed in their presence.
Rigi’s arrest was reportedly a spectacular operation, with Iranian warplanes forcing the flight carrying the militant from Dubai to Kyrgystan to land in Iran.