TEHRAN – All arguments are put forward by the repressive Iranian Mullah regime to get rid of its opponents. This is what happened to journalist Ruhollah Zam, who for years lived in exile in France, when the theocratic regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran implemented the death penalty on Saturday, only days after the Iranian Supreme Court confirmed his sentence.
The Iranian theocratic regime executed Ruhollah Zam under the pretext of his involvement in inciting protests through his media outlet Amadnews, it claims, against the country’s authorities in 2017.
According to Iranian opposition members, the arrest of Zam took place in Iraq after Iranian intelligence agencies lured him there by a fake meeting with Iraq’s supreme Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, only to be detained upon his arrival at Baghdad international airport.
The execution of Ruhollah Zam, who does not possess French citizenship, was followed by great international condemnation. Amnesty International considered the use of the death penalty as a dangerous and shocking escalation of Iranian state repression.
Germany, France, and the European Union also condemned in the strongest terms the execution of Ruhollah Zam, stressing in its statements that “The European Union condemns this act in the strongest terms and recalls once again its irrevocable opposition to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances.”
For its part, Reporters Without Borders, which accused Iran of kidnapping Zam, expressed its shock at the Iranian authorities’ implementation of the death sentence.