- Zam had lived in exile in France for several years before being detained by the Guardians of the Revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic.
- At least 25 people were killed in the riots that affected dozens of Iranian cities between December 28, 2017 and January 3, 2018.
- Zam, who had refugee status in France, ran a channel ( Adamnews ) on the social network platform, Telegram and was convicted of playing an active role, through the medium, in the protests in the winter of 2017-2018.
Iran on Saturday executed opposition-aligned journalist, Ruhollah Zam, who lived in exile in France following confirmation of his death sentence for his role in protests against the power of the Iranian regime in 2017 and 2018, state television reported. Iran’s state television announced.
“The “counter-revolutionary” Zam was hanged in the morning after the supreme court upheld his sentence due to “the severity of the crimes” committed against the Islamic republic.
Zam had lived in exile in France for several years before being detained by the Guardians of the Revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, under unknown circumstances.
His arrest had been announced in October 2019, but Iran did not specify the place or date of the events. Iran majorly accused the 40-year-old journalist of being a puppet of the French intelligence and the secret services of the United States and Israel.
Zam, who had refugee status in France, ran a channel ( Adamnews ) on the social network platform, Telegram and was convicted of playing an active role, through the medium, in the protests in the winter of 2017-2018.
At least 25 people were killed in the riots that affected dozens of Iranian cities between December 28, 2017 and January 3, 2018.
Tehran described that protest movement against the high cost of living as a “sedition” that quickly took a political turn.
In June, the judicial authority announced that the revolutionary court in Tehran had “considered that the 13 charges [against Zam] amounted to the charge of ‘corruption’ and, therefore, imposed the death penalty.”
The organization Reporters Without Borders (RFS) expressed its “indignation” this Saturday at the execution. In a tweet, RSF, which was closely following the case of the journalist indicated that “since October 23” it had “warned of the imminence of the execution” to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.
For its part, the US State Department condemned this Friday “the latest ploy” by Iran to “use its nuclear program to try to intimidate the international community,” in reference to the law recently approved to increase the enrichment of uranium up to 20 percent.
On December 2, Iran’s Parliament approved a resolution calling for an increase in uranium enrichment to 20 percent, an increase of 15 percent that it justified as necessary to face the sanctions imposed by the United States against the country.
In this sense, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described this enrichment as “dangerous” when Iran “is already exceeding the limits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action while it is “expanding its uranium reserve and researching, producing and installing advanced centrifuges ”.
The US authorities have also stressed that this law would also oblige the Iranian government to “reduce its already unacceptable levels of cooperation with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (IAEA).”
This less cooperation, together with the recently passed law, would constitute “a serious escalation that would bring Iran closer to the ability to obtain a nuclear weapon.”