0322 GMT August 13, 2020
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili announced on Tuesday that the investigations into Zam’s case had been finalized, and that he had been found guilty of corruption on earth, among other crimes, Press TV reported.
“The court has considered 13 counts of charges together as instances of corruption on earth, and therefore passed the death sentence,” he said.
“Regarding several other charges, he has been sentenced to life in prison, but the ruling is not final and can be appealed at the Supreme Court,” the official added.
Zam faced charges of having “committed offenses against the country’s internal and external security” and “espionage for the French intelligence service,” alongside “corruption on earth” as well as insult to “the sanctity of Islam” according to an indictment released in February.
Corruption on earth is one of the most serious offenses under Iranian law.
Zam was also accused of playing an active role in protests sparked by economic hardship during the winter of 2017-18.
Authorities said he incited unrest through a channel on the Telegram messaging application called Amad News.
He was arrested in October 2019 by the Intelligence Organization of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The meticulous intelligence operation involved outmaneuvering the intelligence services of certain Western countries, especially France, which offered Zam guidance and protection for his operation.
Esmaeili also announced that a five-year sentence for Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah had been upheld, according to AFP.
She was sentenced in May over "security charges including conspiring against national security", and will "serve five years" including time served since her arrest, Esmaeili said.
A research director at Sciences Po university in Paris, Adelkhah was detained in June last year and has been in custody ever since.
She is a dual national, a status Iran does not recognize.