Former Opposition figure who encouraged 2017 anti-governmental protests executed in Iran

Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, was executed in Iran on December 12, confirmed the state television. “He was under the protection of several countries’ intelligence services,” it added.

Soon after the Supreme Court upheld his sentence due to “the severity of the crimes” committed against the Islamic republic, the counter-revolutionary Zam was hanged in the morning.

Claiming that Zam was “directed by France’s intelligence service”, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced his arrest in October 2019 with charge of “corruption on earth” – one of the most serious offences under Iranian
law – and was sentenced to death in June this year.

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