Friday, April 16, 2021
Arezou Saaberi
Arezou Saaberi
There comes a time in life when you have to choose whether to turn the page or to close the book!

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Following an Instagram post by Mohammad Ali Zam, father of Ruhollah Zam, state-owned media including Tasnim News (affiliated with IRGC) and YJC (affiliated with IRGC intelligence) published a denial quoting an unnamed source from inside the Judiciary! According to this “source,” Ruhollah’s father is “projecting” and posting “emotional comments” based on “fiction!” He claimed whatever that was said in the “documentary” aired on national TV about Zam’s confessions was already known and said by Zam himself in court sessions and before his arrest. The “unnamed” person continued to say Mohammad Ali Zam is a liar with similar pattern in the past. “He told everybody he wasn’t in touch with his son but he used different ways to contact Ruhollah!” A father contacting his son is considered a crime in Islamic Republic!

In response to this “unnamed source,” Mohammad Ali Zam posted on Instagram again. He emphasized parts of his previous statement that Ruhollah, his family and even his attorney were not officially informed of his execution sentence being confirmed by the “Supreme Court.” He continues by pointing out why his son wasn’t given a chance to appeal the sentence and why he was deprived of an opportunity to write a will!

“The Judiciary Spokesman announced Ruhollah’s sentence confirmation on Tuesday, December 8, 2020! Assuming this was our official warning about the death sentence, we only had 1.5 days to appeal the case, since he was hanged on Saturday, December 12, 2020!”

“Dear Criminals, why my son was deprived of his right to know about his sentence?! On Friday, December 11, 2020, in our visit with Ruhollah, we weren’t told this would be our last visit. We were ordered not to tell him anything about the sentence.” He continues, “It was repeated several times that Ruhollah would be transferred from the 2A IRGC Ward to general population soon. [As a hint] (we have limited capacity here.)”

According to human rights organizations, Islamic Republic Judiciary hid the confirmation of death sentence by the “Supreme Court” from everybody! Ruhollah Zam was held in solitary confinement after the confirmation and was never transferred to general population. He went on solid food strike and was on strike when he was hanged!

Ruhollah Zam’s father continues to say, “What could have he say in his oral or written will that he wasn’t allowed to write or say anything as his last words?!”

Writing a will is an important principal of being a Muslim, especially Shia! Shias not only talk about their estate but mention their spiritual needs such as their prayers, fasting, Haj, and so on!

Throughout his post, Mohammad Ali Zam refers to Islamic Republic and Sharia laws, pointing out how Ruhollah’s execution and the circumstances around it were illegal and against their own laws.

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