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Iranian blogger who decried Tehran leadership executed, says Tehran

Iranian blogger and dissident Ruhollah Zam was executed by hanging on Saturday after months of begging for clemency, the Justice Ministry reported, confirmed a report by the IRNA news agency.

Iranian blogger and dissident Ruhollah Zam was executed by hanging on Saturday after months of begging for clemency, the Justice Ministry reported, confirmed a report by the IRNA news agency.

Zam was sentenced to death by a court in Tehran in June on charges of propaganda against the leadership in Iran with his website Amad News. He was also found guilty of inciting protests, some of which were violent.

The verdict had been confirmed this week by the country’s top court.

The blogger had particularly condemned alleged electoral fraud and the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election. He then fled to France via Malaysia.

Zam also conducted several interviews with Farsi-language broadcasters abroad, in which he meted out sharp criticism of the Iranian leadership.

According to media reports, the dissident was allegedly lured to neighbouring Iraq by Iranian security forces, arrested there late last year and brought to Iran. Since then, Zam has pleaded guilty in several court hearings and asked for forgiveness.

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