Mr. Zam’s personal story of how he ended up in Iranian detention within the first place stays murky. He left France on Oct. 11, according to the French foreign ministry. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stated days later that Mr. Zam had been arrested in a posh operation, in line with Iranian information retailers. Mr. Zam’s spouse, Mahsa Razani, who continues to be residing in Paris with the couple’s youngster, stated he had disappeared not lengthy after arriving in Baghdad from Paris.
Reza Moini, head of the Iran-Afghanistan desk at Reporters Without Borders, stated Mr. Zam was trying for funds to create a tv channel and had been lured into a visit to Iraq to fulfill with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, an influential Shia cleric and Khamenei rival who might finance his media enterprise.
Mr. Zam had obtained varied threats in recent times, Mr. Moini stated, and till he left France, he was beneath police safety.
“Ruhollah Zam was publishing damaging information for Mr. Khamenei’s entourage,” Mr. Moini stated. “He had been manipulated a few times by publishing erroneous information coming from the Revolutionary Guards, and he was desperately looking for funds.”
Iraqi intelligence sources stated that they had no details about his arrest and had not been concerned within the operation.
Mr. Zam’s trial started in February, with no protection lawyer, in line with Reporters Without Borders. He was accused of spreading propaganda towards the Iranian regime, cooperating with the United States and spying for the Israeli and French intelligence companies, amongst different expenses.
Iran has lengthy sought to silence opponents, each at residence and overseas. In January, the nation’s most well-known rapper, Amir Tataloo, was detained in Turkey and confronted deportation, however was in the end launched. In November, Masoud Molavi, an Iranian dissident who additionally ran a Telegram channel crucial of the management, was shot useless in Istanbul in an operation orchestrated by Iranian intelligence companies, in line with Turkish officers cited by Reuters.