Supreme Court overturns rapper’s death sentence

Supreme Court overturns rapper’s death sentence
Supreme Court overturns rapper’s death sentence

Toomaj Salehi has been imprisoned for more than a year and a half for his support of the 2022 protest movement.

The Iranian Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of famous rapper Toomaj Salehi, imprisoned for more than a year and a half for his support for the 2022 protest movement, his lawyer announced on Saturday.

“(The rapper’s) death sentence has been overturned and, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s appeal decision, the case will be remitted to a similar court”indicated Me Amir Raïssian on X.

Support for Mahsa Amini

Toomaj Salehi had supported through his songs and on social networks the protest movement triggered after the death in detention on September 16, 2022 of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian Kurd arrested for violating the strict dress code for women. Iranian justice had accused Mr. Salehi of“incitement to sedition, assembly, conspiracy, propaganda against the system and call for riots”according to his lawyer.

Foreign artists had given him their support. Several hundred people, including members of the security forces, were killed and thousands arrested during protests held in October and November 2022 in Iran, before ebbing away. Nine people were executed in connection with these protests, according to NGOs.

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