Sosha Makani, a goalie for the popular Iranian team Persepolis and member of Iran’s national team, has been jailed after pictures published on Instagram show him canoodling with women not veiled in Islamic hijab.
A judiciary source indicated that the 29-year-old will be jailed pending an investigation for “publishing pictures that lead to the spread of corruption and prostitution in society,” according to Radio Free Europe.
In an effort for the Iranian government to control the public and private lives of its citizens, it prohibits mingling with the opposite sex and unrelated couples who are caught chillin face legal action.
I’m going to take a quick 8 second pause to let that sink in.
Here are the completely disgusting, vile photos in question. If you’re at work, COVER YOUR SCREEN!
Despite the wildly dissimilar laws, the Iranian’s defense is so American: the ol’ ‘my social media accounts got hacked’ cop out.
According to Deadspin, Makani’s lawyer claims that his phone and social media profiles were hacked and that whoever acquired the pictures is the one who put them online.
In Iranian law, whether or not Makani posted the photos himself is an important distinction, considering the law regarding Internet crimes states that if one directly posts indecent photos of himself or others online, then a crime has been committed.
Makani was reportedly released from jail today on bail after spending a week in the cage. The investigation is ongoing.