Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison
Less than two weeks after a group of international artists joined Freemuse in a campaign for the release of the Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given 91 days prison sentence, he was able to leave prison. According to Freemuse’s sources, he was released due to so called “international reactions”.
In 2012, Aramnejad was given a one year prison sentence, which was later changed to 91 days, but eventually resulted in just a few weeks imprisonment.
The singer is relieved but can still not perform or release his music without restrictions. Freemuse appeals to the Iranian government to abolish pre-censorship legislations and non-transparent restrictions of musicians and to respect the international conventions.
Arya Aramnejad posted a note on his Facebook wall on 26 January 2013 at 11am, saying: “When I took the first breath of my lungs out of prison, I felt full of pride living in my land … Now, after four years I am free and without a collateral file! Returned home an hour ago.”