DEC 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted the appeal against the death sentence
Rapper Saman Seydi Yasin even confirmed a death sentence against another protester, the country’s judiciary said on Saturday.
Yasin, a Kurd who raps about inequality, oppression and unemployment, had been accused of attempting to kill security guards, setting fire to a trash can and shooting in the air three times, which he denied.
Yasin’s mother asked for help to save her son in a video last week. “Where on earth have you seen a loved one’s life taken for a trash can?” she said in the video, which was posted to social media.
The court initially said it had accepted the appeals of Yasin and another protester, but a later statement by the judiciary’s Mizan news agency said only Yasin’s had been accepted.
“The Public Relations of Iran’s Supreme Court has corrected its message: ‘Mohammad Qabadloo’s appeal has not been accepted… Saman Seydi’s appeal has been accepted by the Supreme Court,’ the agency said.
In its original statement, it justified the decision by citing flaws in its investigation of the case and said it had been referred back to the court for reconsideration.
Qabadloo had been accused of killing a police agent and injuring five others during the protests.
Riots broke out across Iran in mid-September after the death of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in custody.
Saturday’s announcement follows the Supreme Court overturning the death sentence of protester Mahan Sadrat 10 days ago. He was charged with various alleged offences, including stabbing a security guard and setting fire to a motorcycle.
Iran hanged two protesters earlier this month: Mohsen Shekari, 23, accused of blocking a main road and stabbing a member of the paramilitary Basij force in September, and Majid Reza Rahnavard, 23, accused of stabbed two Basij members and publicly hung them from a construction crane.
Amnesty International said the Iranian authorities are seeking the death penalty for at least 26 people in so-called “sham trials aimed at intimidating those involved in the popular uprising that has rocked Iran”.
All death sentences were denied the right to an adequate defense and access to lawyers of their choice. Human rights groups say defendants must instead rely on state-appointed lawyers, who do little to defend them.
Rights group HRANA said 506 protesters had been killed as of Friday, including 69 minors. It was said that 66 members of the security forces were also killed. Up to 18,516 protesters are believed to have been arrested, it said.
A senior state security agency said earlier this month that 200 people, including members of the security forces, were killed in the unrest. However, a senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards has put the number at 300, including members of the security forces.
Reporting by the Dubai newsroom; Edited by Philippa Fletcher and David Holmes
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