IRAN - Iranian Rapper's Death Sentence Changed To 5 Years In Prison

IRAN - Saman Yasin

24 April 2024 :

April 23, 2024 - IRAN. Iranian Rapper's Death Sentence Changed To 5 Years In Prison
Saman Yasin was arrested during nationwide protests in 2022
Iranian dissident rapper Saman Yasin, who was detained during nationwide protests in 2022, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, according to a verdict obtained by RFE/RL’s Radio Farda.
In sentencing Yasin, Branch 15 of Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Court said Yasin will serve the punishment at a prison in the city of Kerman, as dictated by a fatwa from the Islamic republic's leader that bars Yasin from associating with others. Yasin is from the northwestern Kurdish region of Iran, while Kerman is located near the southeastern part of the country.
Legal sources noted that Yasin, who was involved in the "Women, Life, Freedom" protests, was initially sentenced to death, but that sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Hossein Sartipi, Yasin’s lawyer, confirmed on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that the sentence had been changed, remarking, "Saman Yasin was saved from execution."
Yasin has been in temporary detention for over 18 months. Sartipi said he plans to appeal the latest sentence.
The 25-year-old rapper recently made a plea from prison to the judiciary to "issue my death sentence" rather than continue holding him indefinitely without a trial after multiple court dates were set and then delayed.
Yasin described enduring a "mock execution" set up by prison officials before being moved to a prison in Karaj.
He has consistently maintained his innocence, releasing multiple audio recordings to publicize his claims. He has also reportedly launched at least one hunger strike in protest.
After the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini in custody after she was detained for allegedly wearing her head scarf improperly, Iranians took to the streets across the country to protest a lack of rights, with women and schoolgirls making unprecedented shows of support in the biggest threat to the Islamic government since the 1979 revolution.
The judiciary, at the urging of lawmakers, has instituted harsh penalties, including the death sentence, for offenders.


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