On Saturday, the Iranian justice website Misan reported that Chaab's death sentence had been carried out. Chaab has been detained in Iran since October 2020 after disappearing during a trip to Turkey and being tried in Tehran a month later. He was found guilty of "corruption on earth" for forming and leading a rebel group and sentenced to death on December 6.
Stockholm had previously condemned the sentence as "inhuman" and sought to provide Chaab with consular support. However, since Iran does not recognize dual citizenship, Sweden has been denied access to the detainee.
At least 16 Westerners are currently being held in Iran. Most of them also have Iranian citizenship. In January, Iran caused international outrage with the execution of former British-Iranian politician Alireza Akbari, who was convicted of alleged espionage. At the end of April, the Supreme Court in Iran confirmed the death penalty against the German-Iranian Jamshid Sharmahd.