Iranian intelligence is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of an Iranian-Arab dissident in Istanbul, according to Turkish intelligence officials who spoke to the Washington Post.
Habib Chaab was lured to Istanbul on Oct.r 7 by a woman identified as Saberin S., when he was drugged and hurried to the eastern Turkish province of Van near the Iranian border, it cited a source speaking on condition of anonymity as saying.
There, Chaab was first handed over to a human trafficker and then to Iranian intelligence officers.
Chaab is the leader of the Swedish branch of Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), an Arab separatist group. His arrest was announced by Iranian officials on Oct.r 9 with few details on how Chaab came into custody.
Turkish authorities arrested 11 Turks for their involvement in the plot, which was believed to be carried out by an associate of Iranian drug lord Naji Sharifi Zindashti.
Zindashti was arrested in April 2018 but released ten months later, allegedly at the behest of Burhan Kuzu, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who died from COVID-19 last month. The drug trafficker is still at large and believed to be in Iran.