Iran's Rouhani defends execution of captured dissident journalist Zam

Iran's Rouhani defends execution of captured dissident journalist Zam

The Star Online - News·2020-12-15 08:02

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended Saturday's execution of a prominent dissident journalist based in France and captured by Iran last year, saying the death sentence passed on Ruhollah Zam was carried out lawfully.

European countries "have the right to comment, but Zam was executed upon a court's ruling," Rouhani told a televised news conference, noting that the judiciary was independent. "I think it's unlikely that this will hurt Iran-Europe relations."

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