Saman Yasin, a 27-year-old Kurdish artist and songwriter, was sentenced to death by a Tehran court on Friday for participating in mass protests in the country.
The court made its ruling in 10 minutes during a hearing that was broadcast live on TV, Artı Gerçek reported.
The songwriter, composer, and rapper from Kermanshah was arrested by Iranian security forces at his home on 2 October and was later charged with 11 accounts including Moharebeh (war against God).
The court’s decision triggered further protests in Iran, particularly in the country’s Kurdish-populated Rojhilat region.
The protests that have been sweeping the country since September started after a 22-year-old Kurdish woman lost her life in hospital due to brain injuries she suffered following her arrest by the Iranian security forces for disobeying the hijab code.