Iran: Court overturns death sentence of anti-regime rapper

Source: Washington Post

“Iran’s Supreme Court overturned the death sentence handed down to a rapper who made music that criticized the regime and backed nationwide protests sparked by a woman’s [murder by] Iran’s morality police, his lawyer said. Toomaj Salehi’s death sentence was ‘overturned and based on an appeal decision of the 39th branch of the Supreme Court, the case will be referred to [another] branch for consideration,’ Salehi’s lawyer Amir Raesian wrote Saturday on X. Iran’s Supreme Court has now ordered a retrial, Raesian said, adding that the judges decided that Salehi’s previous prison sentence of six years and three months — on charges of ‘spreading corruption on the Earth’ — violated ‘Iran’s multiple-offenses rules, and was in excess of the legal punishment.'” (06/23/24)