Friday, July 01, 2016


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Iranian Soccer Player Jailed Over Photos With Unveiled Women

Sosha Makani is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Persepolis in the Iran Pro League
Sosha Makani is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Persepolis in the Iran Pro League
By Golnaz Esfandiari

A professional Iranian soccer player has been jailed after photographs published on social media showed him together with several women not wearing the Islamic hijab, as required by Iranian law.

Sosha Makani, a 29-year-old goalkeeper who has competed with Iran's national team, was arrested on January 4 and jailed following a complaint by private plaintiffs, Iranian media reported.

The Mizan news agency, which is affiliated with Iran's judiciary, quoted a judiciary source as saying that one of the plaintiffs had withdrawn his complaint.

But the source added that Makani will remain in jail pending an investigation for "publishing pictures that lead to the spread of corruption and prostitution in society."

Makani's lawyer, Behnam Alimohammadi, has said that his client's account on the mobile messaging app Telegram was hacked and that two other individuals posted information from his account online.

Alimohammadi said that Makani had provided the authorities with documentation supporting his account and that Iranian cyberpolice are also looking into the case.

"If the result of the investigation is against Sosha, then he will remain under temporary arrest. Otherwise he will be released," the lawyer said.

In the images, Makani is seen sitting or standing next to two or three young women. In one photograph, he is seen holding hands with one of the women, while in another he appears to be dancing.

Makani, who plays professionally for the popular Tehran-based club Persepolis, reportedly said prior to his arrest that one of the women in the pictures is his fiancee.

Iran bans mingling between unrelated members of the opposite sex, and unmarried couple who are caught together in public can face legal action.

Police chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari was quoted earlier this week by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying that Makani's case was being reviewed by the court of cybercrimes and that the police will act based on a decision made by the judiciary.

Some reports suggested that Makani could be released on bail this week.

Meanwhile, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi on January 6 warned athletes and artists against sharing images deemed anti-Islamic on social media.

"In recent weeks, pictures that are inappropriate and against Islamic principles have been published on social media resulting in judicial cases," Dolatabadi was quoted by Iranian media as saying.

He also said that his office had taken action against those who had published online private images of others.

"In one case, after a case was filed, the accused was arrested," Dolatabadi said without elaborating.

In November, a 30-year-old man identified as Vahid was also jailed after images that showed him with unveiled women wearing revealing clothing were circulated on social media.

Iran's government, which aims to control the public and private lives of its citizens, has stepped up efforts in recent years to monitor Iranians' online activities.

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by: Alisuda Rahmani from: ulun buir
January 06, 2016 21:22
This is why we should all be cibvilized,and opposing all the religions, which are fairy tales, while we all studying continuosly various Sciences, as a measure against ignorance.We all need to be atheists!.and teach Atheism, otherwise the Shamns and the priests,and the Rabbis ,and the Mullahs'll hijact our freedom,I also have seen similar situation here in the USA, on my frequent visits.
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by: Loper
January 08, 2016 19:01
Your grammar tho

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
January 07, 2016 01:16
He was holding hands with a girl that wasn't wrapped up like a mummy? For shame!
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by: kookitto
January 07, 2016 22:22
Why don't you reach out to him and ask him to hold your sister's hands or you're mothers. Perhaps you should rethink what you wrote, there's something called family dignity.
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by: Ben Thayer from: Donthat
January 08, 2016 18:12
As there is dignity in responding.
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by: John
January 09, 2016 07:44
Perhaps you should consider that your sister or your mother is capable of making their own decisions. They do not need the government or religion telling them whose hands they are allowed to touch. They can decide for themselves. They should have the right to.
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by: friday jones from: USA
January 14, 2016 20:16
My mother ans sister are both dead, so I would be thrilled if Makani could bring them back to life with his miraculous touch.

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
January 07, 2016 16:19
Despite the lies that Obama is telling everyone, Americans don't want any part of the intrusive islamic culture in the USA. Just stay in your crappy overpopulated muslim countries and we'll all be better off.
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by: Ben Thayer from: Donthat
January 08, 2016 18:15
Upvote.
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by: Em from: West of you
January 09, 2016 04:37
The latest polls show that Americans are slightly above 2-to-1 in opposition of banning Muslim immigrants. That said, however, it's about 50/50 when asked if we should accept Syrian refugees.

In either case, you are incorrect in your assumptions about Americans in general.

You are exhibiting the very common cognitive bias by which you /feel/ like you're in agreement about most things with other people, and so you think your opinion on things is the majority opinion.

by: Ali
January 08, 2016 18:18
Shame on Iran for arresting this young man. Anywhere else he would be celebrated for being a pro. These actions force many young people to leave the country.

by: Ahmed Farzai-Horami from: Karachi
January 08, 2016 23:48
This is what a good country does, it manages its citizens to reflect islamic law - the west is just full of whores and filth and will never understand.
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by: peter from: ottawa
January 16, 2016 00:22
Whorerami , " Religion is the opium of the people " . Karl Marx

by: ramin from: http://90ia.com
January 09, 2016 12:03
susha makani photos hacker identify.

http://90ia.com/susha-makani-photos-hacker-identify.html

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