This comes as a second #Khashoggi moment in Turkey. A Iranian dissident called Habib Chaab came to Istanbul to meet with a woman - said to be his ex-wife - only to end up back in Iran. He was last seen blindfolded on Iranian TV channels.
Chaab’s abduction was like a scene from a spy movie. Chaab’s ex-wife invites him to Turkey and offers to hand him some money when they meet. But as Chaab arrives in Istanbul and as gets onto a minivan to meet his ex-wife, a group of mean kidnap him and take him back to Iran.
Turkey has detained 11 people involved in Chaab’s abduction and his smuggling to Iran. Those 11 men are believed to be working with Zindashti, who is an infamous drug lord in Turkey.
Kidnapping Iranian dissidents in Turkey is not new either. Last summer, the brother of Iranian activist Masih Alinejad was sentenced to jail in Iran. Masih lives in the US and the Iranian authorities asked Masih’s brother, who lives in Tehran, to cooperate with them.
They asked Masih’s brother to invite Masih to Turkey in order for them to kidnap her and take her back to Iran. But as Masih’s brother declined to cooperate, he was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of “conspiring to act against national security,”

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