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Iran sentences rapper Toomaj Salehi to death over 2022-23 unrest


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An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced one of the Islamic Republic's best known rappers, Toomaj Salehi, to death for charges linked to Iran’s 2022-23 unrest, according to his lawyer and state media.

Salehi in his songs supported months of protests in Iran in 2022 sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for allegedly wearing an “improper” hijab.

Salehi was initially arrested in October 2022 after making public statements in support of the nationwide protests.

He was sentenced in 2023 to six years and three months in prison, but avoided a death sentence due to a Supreme Court ruling.

“Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of (the central city of) Isfahan in an unprecedented move, did not enforce the Supreme Court’s ruling ... and sentenced Salehi to the harshest punishment,” his lawyer Amir Raisian told Sharq.

 

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I really do admire Salehi's courage. He's not once hesitated to speak out against the Iranian regime — despite being fully aware of the consequences. I saw a video he posted quite some time ago where he openly discussed how he was badly tortured after an arrest in 2022. What he went through, and is no doubt going through again, was the stuff of nightmares. I feel so badly for him.

 

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7 hours ago, OverSword said:

Salehi in his songs supported months of protests in Iran in 2022 sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for allegedly wearing an “improper” hijab.

What happened to Masha Amini is also very tragic.

Who was Mahsa Amini, whose death sparked Iran protests?

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/article-718359

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I've been keeping an eye out for news on whether appeal has been successful or not, but nothing to date.

The following is a good opinion piece about Iran's crackdown on artists:

Iran's executions of artists highlights regime's stance on freedom of expression

On April 24, Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi was sentenced to death by a court in Isfahan. His crime was writing lyrics in support of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement.

While the American public is struggling to deal with the pro-Hamas encampment protests, the Iran Human Rights Organization (IHRNGO) reports that Iran’s execution rate has surged, with 171 public executions recorded in 2024 alone.

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-801649

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How far can a government  beat a people down before they rebel or become so damaged the nation fails?

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