Iran sentences former journalist to death for fuelling unrest

Iran has sentenced to death Ruhollah Zam, a journalist-turned-activist captured overseas final yr, for allegedly fuelling anti-government unrest in late 2017 on social media, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.

The son of a pro-reform Shi’ite cleric, Zam headed Amadnews, which had extra 1 million followers on social media earlier than it was suspended by the messaging app Telegram in 2018 after Iran accused it of carrying calls for violence through the protests.

The channel quickly re-appeared below a brand new identify.

Last October, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned that they had “trapped” Zam, who had been given political asylum in France and was additionally primarily based in different components of Europe, in a “complex operation using intelligence deception”.

It didn’t say the place the operation happened.

“Zam has been convicted of corruption on Earth by a Revolutionary Court,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili mentioned, in accordance to the Mizan information company, including that he might attraction. The cost, utilized in circumstances of armed rebellion and espionage, is a capital offence below Irans Islamic legislation.

Iranian officers have accused arch-foe the United States in addition to Tehran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia and authorities opponents dwelling in exile of fomenting the unrest, which started as protests about financial hardship and unfold nationwide.

Officials mentioned 21 folks had been killed through the unrest and 1000’s had been arrested.

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