Iran executes Jundallah leader
Iran had executed ringleader of the Pakistan-based Jundallah group Abdolmalek Rigi. According to Iranian press reports, Rigi was hanged on Sunday morning in Tehran's Evin prison upon a ruling issued by the country's Islamic Revolution Court, Fars news agency reported.
The Jundallah leader was charged with 79 counts of various crimes including armed robbery, bombing operations in public places, armed attacks on the army, police personnel, and ordinary civilians, assassination attempts, disrupting regional stability, kidnapping and murder.
Rigi was arrested on February 23 in eastern Iran while he was on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan.
Following his arrest, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said that Rigi was at an American base 24 hours before his capture, and that the United States had forged an Afghan passport for him.
Rigi, accompanied by his lawyer, appeared in court for the first time on May 27. In the court session, Iranian prosecutors demanded the death penalty for him.
Jundallah, which is based in Pakistan, has carried out numerous bombings, assassination attempts, and other attacks in Iran.