Danish court convicts anti-Iran activists of spying for Saudi Arabia
A Danish court has sentenced three leaders of a group behind terror attacks in Iran to up to eight years in prison after being found guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the court in the city of Roskilde, west of Copenhagen, announced that Habib Yabor Kabi, of the so-called Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Terrorist Group Ahvaz (SMLA), was sentenced to eight years in prison and his brother Tamim Farouk Beck to seven years.
Kabi’s son-in-law, Jacob Mohamed, a Danish citizen, was also sentenced to six years in prison, he added.
The men, aged 40 to 51, have been detained in Denmark since February 2020.
The court last month found the trio “guilty of creating an intelligence unit for a Saudi intelligence service over a period of years”, based among other places at an address in the Copenhagen suburb of Ringsted.
They were further convicted of “promoting terrorism” for supporting the armed activities of the SMLA.
Meanwhile, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), which had access to documents from the closed trial, said SMLA leaders had compiled a list of 100 people and companies to monitor and pass on to Saudi services.
Two of the men will be deported after serving their sentences, according to the court.
The SMLA lobbied to separate the southwestern province of Khuzestan – home to the country’s Arab population – from the rest of Iran by engaging in armed conflict against the Iranian government.
In September 2018, he claimed responsibility for an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, the provincial capital of Khuzestan, which killed 25 people, including members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and civilian bystanders. and injured 70 others.
SMLA leader Farajollah Chaab, also known as Habib Asyud, was arrested in November 2020 following a series of “specialized and combined measures” by Iranian intelligence forces.
He appeared in several court hearings, with the prosecution presenting evidence showing Saudi and Israeli sponsorship of his separatist attire.
Chaab is accused of corruption on earth by forming, managing and directing the SMLA, as well as planning and carrying out terrorist operations and destroying public property.