Iran to execute top Sunni rebel, 11 others: report

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TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran will execute 12 members of a Sunni rebel group, including one of its senior militants, by the end of this week, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Abdolhamid Rigi, brother of Abdolmalik Rigi who heads the shadowy Sunni group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), will be hanged along with 11 others, the agency said quoting Hojateslam Ebrahim Hamidi, head of the judiciary in the restive southeast province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

“They will be hanged, inshallah, by the end of the week,” said Hamidi, adding that the 12 have all been accused of being “mohareb” — enemies of God.

Iran’s state-run English language television station Press TV quoted Rigi as saying that his brother Abdolmalik was on the payroll of the American military.

“My brother Abdolmalik met several times with US forces in Pakistan,” it quoted Rigi as telling a group of tribal leaders in the town of Iranshahr in Sistan-Baluchistan.

“I myself took part in one of those meetings, where we discussed recruitment, training, infiltrating Iran and methods of inflaming Sunni-Shiite sectarianism for three hours. In that meeting, the Americans gave my brother 100,000 dollars,” he said, according to Press TV.

Iran accuses Jundallah of launching regular attacks in Sistan-Baluchestan province which borders both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The province is home to a sizeable Baluch minority which adheres to Sunni Islam. Jundallah strongly opposes to the government of predominantly Shiite Iran.

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