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Iran’s ‘Bob Dylan’ sentenced to five years for dissing the ‘holy’ Koran

AN Iranian singer and composer who has been likened to Bob Dylan has received a five-year jail sentence in absentia for disrespecting Islam.

According to this report, an Iranian Koran “scholar” filed a complaint against Mohsen Namjoo, who also plays a traditional Persian lute, for the way he had performed using verses from Islam’s “holy” book.

Mohsen Namjoo

Mohsen Namjoo

The  “scholar accused Namjoo of:

An insulting, sneering performance of Koranic verses with musical instruments.

The singer’s brother and lawyer dismissed the accusation, saying:

He did not mean any disrespect.

Press TV said Namjoo, who apologised a few months ago for the incident, was abroad but did not say in which country.

Iran’s Fars News Agency quoted a judge this week as confirming that Namjoo was found guilty “subsequent to an investigation of the complaint against him” but he did not give details on the sentence.

In a report posted on its website last week, the semi-official IQNA news agency (Iran’s Quran News Agency) named the plaintiff as Abbas Salimi and quoted him as saying Namjoo had given a derisive rendering of Koran verses and had shown disrespect toward the “holy” book.

In a 2007 profile, the New York Times said Namjoo’s “playful but subtly cutting lyrics about growing up in an Islamic state” had made him
The most controversial, and certainly the most daring, figure in Persian music today.

It added:

Some call him a genius, a sort of Bob Dylan of Iran, and say his satirical music accurately reflects the frustrations and disillusionment of young Iranians.

You can see more pictures of Namjoo here, but his official website appears to have gone down.

How strange …

12 responses to “Iran’s ‘Bob Dylan’ sentenced to five years for dissing the ‘holy’ Koran”

  1. ZombieHunter says:

    How long are the people of Iran going to put up with this shit??

    They need to take their protests to the next level now that they've started the ball rolling and overthrow the ayatollahs and president armoureddinnerjacket and co.

    I was fascinated to learn a while ago that Iran along with a lot of other middle eastern countries has a strong (if very very underground) heavy metal scene we should parachute some massive speaker stacks into there and scare the shit out of the old farts in chrage with some loud as fuck metal music 😛

  2. barriejohn says:

    Big up Mohsen Namjoo brothers! Postman said on the last thread that we have to laugh at these people or we`d go insane, but I`d go further than that. Fundamentalists have no sense of humour, no sense of proportion, and are impossible to reason with. Our chief weapon is humour – humour and satire…our TWO chief weapons… well – you get my drift! If their stupid, irrational, bigotted views are held up to ridicule they have no defence against it, and THEY CAN`T STAND IT!!

  3. remigius says:

    You've been watching Monty Python again, haven't you barrirjohn.

    Naughty naughty boy!

  4. barriejohn says:

    I`m not a naughty boy, I`m the Messiah! (Have I got that quotation right there?)

  5. remigius says:

    It would appear that the only heavy metal the Iraniacs are interested in is uranium-235. Hence the Israeliacs moving their war machine towards the Persian Gulf!

    It's gonna be fun.

  6. remigius says:

    You're the Messiah?

    In that case…"Where the fucking hell have you been?" Two thousand years!

    Have you seen the trouble you've caused?

    Sort it out! And start with that twat in the Vatican.

    Saviours eh…I dunno!

  7. Tony E says:

    Looks a bit like Zappa.

  8. barriejohn says:

    You don`t need to follow me! You don`t need to follow anybody! You`ve got to think for yourselves! You`re all individuals!

  9. GNG says:

    Only the true Messiah denies His divinity!!!

  10. Stonyground says:

    You are all doing that 'not taking matters seriously' again. If there is anyone else here who finds it wisible you will find yourself in gladiator school very quickly with wotten behaviour like that, I'll have you fighting wabid wild beasts within a week.

  11. GNG says:

    "You are all doing that 'not taking matters seriously' again."

    Miserable, bloody Romans. No sense of humour.

  12. adfsfasdsdaf says:

    ROFLMAO! That's what he gets for sucking allah's c0ck