An Iranian rapper who lives in Germany says he has received death threats for a song that criticizes Iranian society and, some say, an Islamic Shiite imam.
Shahin Najafi, who sings in Farsi, has faced a backlash since posting online the song, "Naghi," earlier this month.
One website is offering a $100,000 reward for his killing. Iran's official news agency called the song an "affront" against the imam.
"Following the affront by rap singer Shahin Najafi against Imam Hadi (7th Imam of Shias) in a song called 'Naghi,' his apostasy sentence has been issued by Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani," the Fars News Agency said in a statement translated by CNN. "If the song contains any insults or indecency towards Imam Naghi, then it is blasphemy, and God knows what to do."
The 92-year-old Golpayegani, CNN noted, is "the highest-ranking authority in Shiite Islam after prophets and imams." And an "apostate," or someone who forsakes Islam, is "punishable by death under Iranian law."
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