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Iranian rapper jailed for backing protests reportedly freed on bail

Iranian authorities have released on bail a popular rapper jailed for more than a year over supporting nationwide protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death in custody. Local media reports 32-year-old Toomaj Salehi was arrested in October 2022 after publicly backing demonstrations triggered by the death of 22-year-old Amini. She had been taken into custody over an alleged breach of strict dress rules for women. In July, Salehi was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of “corruption on earth”. An image posted on Salehi’s official Instagram account shows him out of jail, holding a bouquet of white flowers.