On Saturday, Iran executed former opposition figure Ruhollah Zam who had lived in exile in France. He was implicated in anti-government protests as stated by state media.
According to media personals, the “counter-revolutionary” Zam was hanged in the morning after the Supreme Court upheld his sentence. According to them, it was due to “the severity of the crimes committed against the Islamic republic.”
In October 2019, that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced the arrest of Zam after claiming that he was “directed by France’s intelligence service.” The state media even said that “under the protection of several countries’ intelligence services.”
The former opposition figure was charged with “corruption on earth”—which is one of the most serious offenses under Iranian law and was sentenced to death in June.
Moreover, according to officials of IRNA news agency Zam was convicted of espionage for France and an unnamed country in the region, cooperating with the “hostile government of America”, acting against “the country’s security,” insulting the “sanctity of Islam” and instigating violence during the 2017 protests.
25 people were killed during the unrest in December of 2017 and January of 2018 which was sparked by economic hardship.
Ruhollah Zam allegedly lived in Paris and ran a channel on the telegram messaging app entitled Amasnews. Telegram shut down the channel after Iran demanded it removes the account for inciting an “armed uprising”.