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Iran summons German envoy over EU sympathy for executed propagandist

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 13 December 2020 11:17 AM

Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned Germany's ambassador to Tehran after the European Union expressed strong sympathy for the former administrator of an anti-Iran website, who was executed earlier for a crime punishable by death under Iranian law.

The envoy was called in on Sunday and notified of the Islamic Republic's protest over the bloc's heavily sympathetic statement a day earlier in favor of Rouhollah Zam.

The European statement condemned Zam's execution "in the strongest terms," suggested that Tehran had violated the convict's right to due process, and accused the country of using enforced "televised confessions." The German Foreign Ministry separately expressed "shock" about the circumstances surrounding Zam's conviction and, what it described as, his "abduction from abroad."

Zam, who used to run the counterrevolutionary Amad News website, was hanged on Saturday after Iran's Supreme Court upheld a death sentence issued by the Islamic Revolution Court back in June.

The court handed down the sentence after convicting him of corruption on earth, among other crimes.

His website, Amad News, would feverishly disseminate incriminating content against Iran's Islamic establishment and insult the sanctities of Iranian Muslims.

Zam was first arrested in October 2019 by the Intelligence Organization of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC).

His arrest had been made possible through a meticulous intelligence operation that involved outmaneuvering the intelligence services of certain Western countries, especially France, for which he used to spy.

The Foreign Ministry is also to summon the head of France's diplomatic representation in the Islamic Republic concerning Paris' earlier designation of the execution as a "barbarous and unacceptable act."

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