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Journalist Ruhollah Zam’s arrest is closely watched: France

Paris, Oct 16 : Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has arrested an exiled journalist, Ruhollah Zam, for allegedly using a messaging app to stir up dissent. Ruhollah Zam, an Iranian national, has refugee status in France and as such has a residence permit issued in conjunction with asylum proceedings. Zam does not have French citizenship.

Ruhollah Zam was “guided into the country” as part of a “complicated intelligence operation”, the IRGC said.

It is not clear where or how Zam, who was said to be living in Paris, France, was detained.

The wife of Ruhollah Zam, the Iranian dissident arrested by the Revolutionary Guards, has asked the French authorities for help.

“Zam is therefore free to enter and leave the country, and did leave on October 11.We currently have no specific information concerning the circumstances of Mr. Zam’s arrest outside of France. We are following this case very closely,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a briefing.

“We reiterate our commitment to upholding the rule of law and in particular, the freedom of expression and the right of asylum,” she said.

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