What happend? Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani are members of the thrash metal band Confess. Both men were arrested by the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and are facing now charges of blasphemy, advertising against the system, running an illegal and underground band and record label promoting music considered to be Satanic, writing anti-religious lyrics and granting interviews to forbidden foreign radio stations.Both band members, aged 23 and 21 have been imprisoned since last November until finally making bail on February 5th, paying the equivalent of $30,000 US.
The penality they could face is a minimum of six months to six years in prison, and worse, if they are found guilty of the blasphemy charge, they could be executed,
In a public statement a friend of the musicians reported that all online accounts of the bands have been taken over by the government.
I'm posting this to help spread the word and as said to find people out there that could really help in the case. Other sites such as Metal Injection have set up articles, too. I've decided to grab the image below from Metal Injection for a faster spreading of the word.
If you can also spread the image and/or this article on your sites / networks or drop by on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeConfess that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!!!
Update 2016/02/12: A online petition on change.org has been started. It is adressed to the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani with the aim to free the band from jail. I hope signing it can help further to create some positive influence in the matter.
|Help to free Confess, please spread the image as often as possible.|
If you don't know the band yet, here is a song for streaming.