Iran Rapper, Protester To Face Retrial On Death Over Anti-Hijab Protest

Iranian rapper, protester to be retried after death for anti-Hijab protest

Iran has been gripped by protests since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16. (File)


Iran’s Supreme Court has ordered the retrial of two men, including a Kurdish rapper, who were sentenced to death over protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, the judge announced on Saturday.

On September 16, after the arrest of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, in Tehran, protests have taken place in Iran for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s dress code for women.

Iran this month executed two people in connection with the protests. Another 11 people have been sentenced to death. One of them, Mahan Sadrat, won an appeal against the verdict earlier this week.

On Saturday, the judiciary’s Mizan Online website said Kurdish rapper Saman Seydi — also known as Saman Yasin — and another protester, Mohammad Ghobadlou, would be retried.

“The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of the two defendants of the recent riots against the verdict given by the revolutionary court,” said Mizan, referring to Seydi and Ghobadlou.

Rights groups outside Iran say the two face the death penalty for their involvement in the protests.

Mizan did not specify the sentences, but confirmed that both were charged with crimes punishable by death.

Ghobadlou was accused of “corruption on the ground” in Tehran, for “attacking the police with a car, which killed one officer and injured five others”, and Seydi was accused of “moharebeh”, which means “enmity against God”. “.

Rights groups said the rapper was accused of firing a gun into the air three times during the demonstrations.

Saturday’s announcement came three days after Mizan said the Supreme Court had ordered a retrial of Sadrat, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of capital crimes during the protests.

Iran has arrested thousands of people in clashes that authorities say have killed more than 200 people, including dozens of security personnel.

Foreign rights groups say security forces have killed more than 450 people in a crackdown on the movement.

The Islamic Republic has already executed two youths as a result of the protests.

Majidreza Rahnavard, 23, was publicly hanged on December 12 after being sentenced to death by a court in the second city of Mashhad for stabbing two members of the security forces to death.

Four days earlier, Mohsen Shekari, also 23, was executed for wounding a member of the security forces.

Campaigners say a dozen other defendants are charged with crimes that could carry the death penalty.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)

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