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Family fears Iranian dissident rapper Toomaj to be charged with crime punishable by death

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the family of Iranian dissident rapper It fears for his life, saying the administration is looking to indict him for crimes that carry the death penalty.

32-year-old Toomaj Salehi, who has lashed out at the Islamic Republic through his lyrics, was arrested last month amid ongoing protests and a violent crackdown in the country. Known by his first name, the underground rapper actively supported protests in Iran, releasing music, sending messages of support and even taking to the streets.

Toomaj’s cousin, London-based Azadeh Babadi, told CBC News he believed the rapper would not get due process.

“They rejected the lawyer of his choice and instead assigned him a regime-appointed lawyer,” she said.

Babadi said the family believes the judiciary is planning to prosecute Toumaji as a criminal. Mohaleb —meaning one who “wages war against God.” These are charges that lead to death sentences and subsequent executions under Iran’s Islamic Shariah law.

The Iranian regime has a long history of accusing dissidents of being “Mohareb,” said Kave Sharos, a Toronto-based lawyer and human rights activist.

“Such an accusation and the fact that it involves the death penalty is difficult for many Westerners to understand because it looks so medieval. And it is. It is the Iranian regime.” “It speaks to the fact that we have a mindset that belongs to the Dark Ages,” Shahrooz said.

Students from the Sharif University of Technology take part in protests in Tehran in the wake of the death of 22-year-old Masa Amini in custody of the state moral police on October 7. Pressed and obtained outside Iran. (Associated Press)

Babadi said the regime was trying to fabricate a narrative to back up such a sentence. said he was trying to make up

However, in an interview with CBC News last month, Toomaj argued that people should continue to peacefully resist until it reaches the millions.

The Islamic Republic has been embroiled in nationwide protests since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in custody of so-called moral police.

At least six people involved in the protests were sentenced to death for: Mohalebe, The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) said: news release Tuesday. last week, Amnesty International Iranian authorities are seeking the death penalty for at least 21 people involved in the protests, including Kurdish rapper Saman Sadie.

These are official death sentences, but the Islamic Republic previously cracked down on and killed anti-regime protesters in 2019 1,500 within 2 weeks in what is now known as “Bloody November”.

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Iranian dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi talks to CBC News about what’s happening in his country.

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Hundreds of people have died as a result of the authorities’ intensified response to the current protests, according to UNHCR. This figure includes at least 40 children.according to multiple reportsmore than 15,000 people were arrested, including artists and thought leaders who expressed support for the protests.

Many assume the death toll and arrests are much higher given the challenges in getting information out of Iran. The crackdown led to a special and historic session at the United Nations, where the Human Rights Council voted Thursday to New fact-finding mission Investigate reported human rights abuses in Iran in connection with the protests.

Toomaj’s family said the rapper was kidnapped and later subjected to severe torture while being held in Isfahan prison. There are also reports that he broke his leg with a gunshot wound. They say reports suggest his leg is now in a cast.

For more than three weeks, the rapper’s father showed up in prison in hopes of seeing and talking to him. , the authorities are waiting for time to pass and not allowing anyone to approach him.

She said government agents continue to harass and pressure Iranian families to stop them from asking questions or showing up in prison. He said he had lied to his family on several occasions to distract them or “tire them out.”

Even after his arrest, Toomaj continues to inspire protesters

Gudar, an Iranian rapper from Tehran and now based in Toronto, said Toumaji reached out to him amid the current protests.

“He’s a true rebel. He’s a true revolutionary. People like Toomaj made me imagine I could go back to Iran. He pushed me to become an activist.” Now my whole life is dedicated to this, other things don’t matter anymore, I just want ‘Toomaj’s goal to be a reality,’ he said.

Tensions between supporters of the Iranian regime and those who want change are being felt in Toronto’s Iranian diaspora, as seen in this photo taken earlier this month. (Robert Krbavac/Radio-Canada)

Toomaji told CBC News last month that he wasn’t worried about his life or personal safety, but was worried that the young protesters’ spirits would be weakened if they were arrested.

But so far, there are no signs of that. On social media, the Iranian has used the hashtag #Toomaj_Salehi in Persian to raise awareness of his arrest. Many have tweeted some of his songs, lyrics and YouTube videos to continue to convey his message of fighting for regime change and freedom.

Los Angeles-based Iranian rapper Erfan Peyder said Toomaji was one of the most important figures in the movement. “Unlike others… he showed his face. He walked in Iran. The world needs to know he took a walk. He believed in action. He set an example.” ‘,” Payder told CBC News.

Toomaj’s Twitter, Instagram and Telegram accounts, run by his team, continue to deliver messages and updates on protests in cities across the country.

View | CBC’s Nahayat Tizhoosh on Toomaj’s arrest:

The Islamic Republic’s state broadcaster IRIB released a video on social media on November 2, purportedly deploring Toomaj’s remarks, but Iranians have joined the regime’s propaganda. He reportedly declined to share the video, saying he didn’t want to.

Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlintried to draw attention to Toomaj’s case in the hope that he would be released.

Iranian rapper calls out US, Canadian rap industry

Many Iranians have called on the rap community, especially in the United States, to shine a spotlight on Toomaj’s case.

“I really hope the international rap community will support the movement in Iran, especially someone like Toomaj,” Erfan said.

People dressed in black have pictures of rapper Toomaj.
In this Nov. 7 Instagram photo, people in Toronto demand Toomaji’s release at a protest organized by an Iranian lovers’ group. (PoeticJustice4Iran/Instagram)

While many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, have posted on social media about the protests in Iran, Gudar said he was disappointed and frustrated that the rap community wasn’t doing the same for Toomaji. I feel

“I don’t know why the rap community doesn’t do it. If Jay-Z talks about Toomaji, if Lil Wayne talks about Toomaji, that would be great,” he said.

“I don’t know why they don’t say anything about him..The American rap industry is like heaven compared to Iran.The day you’re famous, you’re rich.If you’re famous in Iran, you It’s in danger.”

He’s also surprised that Canadian rappers like Drake and The Weeknd haven’t said anything publicly about Toomaj. given that they likely know what is going on in Iran.

Artists within Iran, who CBC News agreed not to identify, also said they would like to see Western rappers support Toomaj, given the ongoing violence targeting dissidents.

“Toomaj is a real rapper, protesting against the system of a country in one of the most criminal countries in history, so I want a real rapper to support Toomaj. and a sign of the fight for freedom,” he said.

“And this is the mark of a true rapper. He’s always fighting injustice and standing up for the people.”

He wants American rapper NF to voice Toumaji. “He’s one of the few rappers who likes Toomaj and even wanted to collaborate with him one day.

Young people are wearing shirts and holding signs in the image of rapper Toomaj. They are standing outside to protest.
In another Instagram photo from November 7, provided by Iran Lovers, Toronto protesters gather in support of Toomaj. (PoeticJustice4Iran/Instagram)

Iranians want Toumaji released

As of Thursday night, about 60,000 people had signed. online petition Started by Toomaj’s family and supporters, they called for the rapper’s release.

The Iranian artist told CBC News that while he worries about many scenarios, his biggest concern is that protesters will lose hope or become discouraged and unable to continue their fight against the regime. .

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Iranian dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi talks to CBC News about what’s happening in his country.

He said Toomaj hopes the protesters will continue no matter what happens to him.

“I see myself as one of the protesters. That’s it. I don’t see myself as anything else… Whenever I go to a protest, if I get arrested, I’m a protester.” I’m always worried that some of us will lose hope, or we’ll be sad,” Toomaj told CBC News in October.

“We have no time to grieve. If a loved one on either side of me is killed, I must be angry and seek justice.”

Gudar said he wanted Toumaji and other political prisoners imprisoned by the Islamic Republic to see a free Iran.

“This dictatorship, all the suffering we endured. It made us give up. We all thought the Islamic Republic was a big bad wolf that would never go away. But Toomaj The end of the regime after seeing people like fight.”

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