Islamic Republic of Iran accuses dissident rapper of spreading corruption on Earth

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“The only reward for those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and fight to sow corruption on earth will be that they be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or be expelled.” from the earth. Such will be their degradation in this world, and in the hereafter theirs will be a terrible condemnation.” (Quran 5:33)

“Iran Accuses Dissident Rapper Toomaj Salehi of Spreading ‘Corruption on Earth,’” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, November 27, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Iran’s judiciary has charged dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi with spreading “corruption on Earth,” a serious crime that could result in a death sentence in the Islamic republic.

Isfahan Judicial Chief Asadollah Jafari was quoted on November 27 as saying that Salehi faces other charges, including “propaganda activity against the establishment, forming an illegal group with the intent to disturb the security of the country, cooperating with hostile governments and spread lies and incite others to commit violence.”…

His arrest came shortly after he told the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation: “You are dealing with a mafia that is ready to kill the entire nation… to keep their power, money and weapons.”

State media then released a video purporting to show the rapper blindfolded and apologizing for his words. Relatives and supporters accused the authorities of torturing Salehi in prison to force him to make a false confession.

Toomaj Salehi has gained notoriety in recent years for his outspoken opposition to the country’s leadership, using his music and social media presence to address issues that resonate with Iranian youth…

Salehi, 32, gained notoriety for lyrics criticizing corruption, widespread poverty, state executions and the killing of protesters in Iran. His songs also point to a widening gap between ordinary Iranians and the country’s leaders, accusing the authorities of “suffocating” people without regard for their welfare.

Last year, Salehi was arrested at his home after releasing several protest songs. A few days later, the rapper was released on bail amid widespread condemnation of his arrest by his supporters and human rights groups.

Salehi is among thousands, including protesters, journalists, lawyers, artists, athletes, activists and others arrested in Iran’s ongoing state crackdown on anti-establishment protests that have rocked the country for the past two months. Iran’s judiciary says more than 2,000 people have been charged since the start of the protests.

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