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Kurdish Iranian Rapper Facing Execution Attempts to Commit Suicide

Saman Yasin. iranwire.com
Saman Yasin. iranwire.com

A Kurdish Iranian rapper who has been sentenced to death tried to take his own life in prison, activists say.

The France-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network reported that Saman Yasin swallowed a large number of pills in Rajaee Shahr prison on the evening of December 20. The prison is located in the town of Gohardasht, approximately 20 kilometers west of Tehran.

Yasin was transferred to hospital and then back to the prison after undergoing a gastric lavage and receiving a serum injection, the group said, adding that the singer was not in a good condition

Yasin was arrested on October 2 and tortured during his detention before being sentenced to death on October 29 on the charge "waging war against God."

He is a well-known rapper and was a vocal critic of Iran’s clerical regime before his arrest. He supported the anti-government protests that has swept Iran for more than three months.

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