| GEO World|
| Leader of Iran's rebel group Jundallah hanged|
| Updated at: 0823 PST, Sunday, June 20, 2010|
TEHRAN: Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the Sunni rebel movement Jundallah who waged a deadly insurgency in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, was hanged early Sunday, the official news agency reported.
After the decision of the Tehran revolutionary tribunal, Abdolmalek Rigi was hanged on Sunday morning," agency said.
It quoted a court statement as saying: "The head of the armed counter-revolutionary group in the east of the country ... was responsible for armed robbery, assassination attempts, armed attacks on the army and police and on ordinary people, and murder."
Rigi was captured in February during a spectacular attempted hijacking. He led a shadowy Sunni militant group called Jundallah (Soldiers of God) that had waged a deadly insurgency in southeastern Iran killing civilians as well as military officials.
Iran says the group was backed by the United States.