Iran Passes Death Sentence on Former Leader over Alleged Anti-Government Activities 

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Iran on Tuesday sentenced a former opposition figure, Ruhollah Zam, to death after being implicated in anti-government protests. 

Zam ,who was described as a “counter-revolutionary”, had lived in exile in France but was arrested in October 2019 by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said the court considered 13 counts of charges together as instances of ‘corruption on earth’ and therefore passed the death sentence in Zam. 

Zam was also sentenced to time served over other charges, Esmaili added, without elaborating.

The sentence could be appealed before the supreme court, he said.

According to AFP, Zam, who reportedly lived in Paris, ran a channel on the Telegram messaging application called Amadnews.

At the time, he was accused by authorities of playing an active role in anti-government protests sparked by economic hardships during the winter of 2017-18.

AFP reports that Telegram shut down Amadnews after Iran demanded it remove the account for inciting an “armed uprising”.

According to Zam’s indictment published in February, he was accused of having “committed offences against the country’s internal and external security” and “espionage for the French intelligence service”, alongside “corruption on earth”.

He was also accused of having insulted the “sanctity of Islam”.

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