Iran top court overturns rapper Toomaj Salehi's death sentence, lawyer says

Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi

© APA | Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi

# 22 June 2024 15:30 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's supreme court has overturned Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi's death sentence on charges linked to the country's 2022-23 period of unrest, his lawyer wrote in a post on the X social media platform on Saturday, APA reports citing Reuters.

"The death sentence of #Toomaj_Salehi was overturned and based on the appeal decision ...of the Supreme Court, the case will be referred to (another) branch for consideration," attorney Amir Raisian wrote on X.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the ruling.

Salehi's songs supported protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for allegedly wearing an "improper" hijab.

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