Iran supreme court accepts appeal of rapper Yasin against death penalty

Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted Saman Seydi Yasin’s appeal against his death penalty sentence, the judiciary said on Saturday, even as it confirmed the same sentence for another protester.

A Kurd who raps about inequality, oppression, and unemployment, Yasin was charged with attempting to kill security forces, setting a rubbish bin on fire, and shooting three times into the air during anti-government protests, which he denied.

The Mizan news agency, which is part of Iran’s judiciary, said that only Yasin’s appeal against the death penalty had been accepted, contradicting a statement by the court saying it had accepted the appeals of both men.

According to Iran’s Supreme Court public relations department, Mohammad Qobadloo’s appeal was rejected, and Saman Seydi’s appeal was accepted.
The court said that it was referring the case back to court for re-examination because of flaws in the investigation and to explain the decision.

During the protests, Qobadloo had been charged with killing a police agent and injuring five others with his car.

In early September, Iranian protests against the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women erupted after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian woman.

On Saturday evening, video clips posted on social media showed protests taking place in Tehran and several other cities, including Mashhad in northeastern Iran, Karaj west of Tehran, and Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province in the northwest.


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