Iran top court upholds dissident journalist’s death sentence

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam for fuelling anti-government unrest in 2017 on social media, a judiciary spokesman said.

“Yes, the Supreme Court … has upheld the sentence passed by the Revolutionary Court in this case,” spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told a news conference streamed live on a judiciary website on Tuesday.

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam for fuelling anti-government unrest in 2017 on social media, a judiciary spokesman said.

“Yes, the Supreme Court … has upheld the sentence passed by the Revolutionary Court in this case,” spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told a news conference streamed live on a judiciary website on Tuesday.

In July, Zam participated in an interview with a state broadcast journalist, a move that observers outside Iran said was an instance of forced confession.

In the same month, Zam’s father, Iran-based cleric Mohammadali Zam, wrote a letter to judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi to contest his son’s sentence, saying it was “against Islamic justice”.

Zam was accused of working with French and Israeli intelligence against Iran and trying to destabilise Iran through inciting violence in the 2017 protests that erupted in dozens of cities across Iran and led to at least 30 casualties.

In court, Zam rejected most of the allegations leveled against him, saying he was only engaged in “media work”. He denied that he was party to encouraging violence, destruction of public property and economic disruption.

The 2017 protests were the largest since the 2009 Green Movement protests that jolted the country following the controversial reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The protests began after sudden jump in food prices triggered the first demonstrations in Mashhad. But protests quickly spread from town to town and the initial backlash that was aimed at the government of President Hassan Rouhani turned against the entire establishment.

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