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Iran’s metal band Confess escapes to Norway, avoids jail sentence — Quartz

A judge in Tehran last month handed down harsh sentences to the two members of Confess, a well-regarded Iranian heavy metal duo prosecuted for making music the regime considers blasphemous. Singer and lead guitarist Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi, 26, was given over 12 years in prison and 74 lashes for charges including “insulting the Supreme Leader and President,” “disturbing public opinion through the production of music containing anti-regime lyrics and insulting content,” and “participating in interviews with the opposition media.”

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