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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Iranians receive court sentence for appearing in "Happy" video

Six Iranians appearing in a YouTube video singing the popular pop song 'Happy' were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for "obscene behaviour."

Another defendant who faced heavier charges was given a suspended sentence of one year in prison and 91 lashes.

Farshid Rofugaran was quoted in the Iran Wire as saying the verdicts had not been officially communicated to him and so he could not be completely sure about the information he had gathered.

The sentences are suspended for three years, meaning that if any of the seven are found guilty of committing a similar offense, the punishment is carried out.

The women appearing in the video were bare-headed, which is a violation of the strict Islamic dress code.

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