Zam’s arrest took foreign intelligence services by surprise: IRGC chief

TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) – Chief Commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said on Sunday detaining Ruhollah Zam, the administrator of the counterrevolutionary website Amad News, was a surprise for foreign intelligent services.

The IRGC chief released a statement on Sunday admitting that "via the measures taken by Iranian intelligence services, one of the enemy’s last ditch efforts to sow insecurity, provoke street riots, wage psychological warfare against the Iranian nation and create disunity among Iranian intellectuals and officials has been foiled."

He also expressed gratitude for Iranian scholars, senior officials and the great nation of Iran for the kindness and support they voiced towards IRGC after arrest of Zam.

An official in the IRGC headquarters said on Tuesday that Ruhollah Zam was arrested after a complex intelligence operation and through cooperation with other intelligence services.

“Intelligence forces had been keeping a careful watch over Ruhollah Zam’s movements for a long time and he stepped into intelligence trap of IRGC some two years ago; ultimately, we were able to arrest him through cooperation with other intelligence services,” Second Brigadier General Mohammad Tavallaei, a high-ranking military official in IRGC headquarters, said.

The remark came as IRGC announced on Monday that its Intelligence Organization has arrested Ruhollah Zam, admin of an anti-Iranian website and Telegram channel ‘Amad News’, by tricking foreign intelligence agencies.

“Zam was a key figure of intelligence services for throwing the country into disarray...and driving a wedge between the Iranian people and government,” said Tavallaei, adding, “He was under the strong support of other intelligence services but we trapped and arrested him through a meticulous intelligence operation.”

All those individuals who have been deceived by foreign intelligence and anti-Revolution agencies should know that these countries will abandon them as soon as coming under pressure or facing a threat, he said.

IRGC said in its Monday statement that it has ‘guided’ Zam towards Iran and then made the arrest, noting that further information about the operation will soon be revealed.

Following the IRGC's announcement, Iran's parliament members issued a statement thanking Iran's intelligence services for the successful operation.

MNA/ 4751046

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