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Iran court changes jail time to home confinement for pop singer – Lawyer

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By Francesca Hangeior

An Iranian court has changed the sentence against a pop singer who criticised the mandatory headscarf for women to home confinement instead of jail time, due to health issues, his lawyer said.

Mehdi Yarrahi, 42, was arrested in August for releasing an “illegal song” that challenged “the morals and customs of Islamic society”. He was released on bail in October.

In January, the court sentenced Yarrahi to “a total of two years and eight months in prison” on multiple charges.

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Under Iranian law jail sentences run concurrently, meaning he would only have to have served one year behind bars, which will now be changed to home confinement.

“Due to my client’s illness and his need for medical care, the one-year imprisonment was changed to electronic tagging (bound with a movement radius of 1000 metres),” lawyer Zahra Minouei said on X, formerly Twitter, late Sunday.

It was not immediately clear what Yarrahi’s illness was.

She said Yarrahi has been under electronic monitoring since February 20, and the court order included paying a bail of 15 billion tomans (around $270,000).

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The singer released the track “Roosarito”, which means “your headscarf” in Persian, shortly before the anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, died in police custody on September 16, 2022 following her arrest for allegedly flouting Iran’s mandatory hijab law for women.

Hundreds of people, including dozens of security personnel, were killed in protests that broke out across Iran after Amini’s death and nine men were executed for protest-related “crimes.”

Thousands of protesters were also arrested, accused by the authorities of taking part in “riots” fomented by the West.

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In a three-minute video accompanying the release of “Roosarito”, Yarrahi had voiced support for women’s right to choose whether to wear the headscarf and dedicated the song to the “courageous Iranian women” involved in the protest movement.

Yarrahi is a past winner of the best pop singer award at the Fajr Festival, Iran’s most important government-held music event.

His song “Soroode Zan” (Woman’s Anthem), which was released in October 2022, became a protest anthem, particularly on university campuses.

Yarrahi has repeatedly criticised the authorities during his concerts, especially for discrimination in his ethnically diverse southwestern home province of Khuzestan.

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Ex-VP Osinbajo Celebrates Wife’s Birthday With Heartfelt Message

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Former Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has taken to social media to gush over his wife, Dolapo, as she marks her birthday anniversary on Monday.

Osinbajo took to his X handle (formerly Twitter) on Monday to pen down emotional messages with pictures of Dolapo appreciating arts and plants, to wish his wife well.

Osinbajo wrote: “Happy birthday my love @dolapoosinbajo.

“Your love, kindness, and generosity make all our lives so much happier.

“Love you always, Yemi xxx.”

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He continued, saying, “This year I decided to share my favorite photos of Dolly @dolapoosinbajo doing her favorite things.”

Taking to the comment section, veteran Nollywood actress Joke Silva said, “Happy birthday to the Jewel in the Crown. Have an incredible day.”

Also, a former Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., Ibukun Awosika, reacted: “Happy birthday to a most beautiful person, both inside and outside. You are a true treasure and a worthy example of Christ in us. God bless you richly. Love you lots.”

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Federal Gov’t Plans Supplementary Budget To Finance New Minimum Wage

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The Federal Government is preparing a supplementary budget for the 2024 fiscal year to support the implementation of a new minimum wage for workers.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Stats House on Monday.

The development comes as part of ongoing efforts to address the Organised Labour’s concerns and establish a fair wage structure for all Nigerians.

Speaking after the FEC meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu, Idris revealed that the government has directed the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to develop additional financial support for the 2024 budget.

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This move aims to bridge any gap between the previously approved 2024 budget and the requirements of the proposed new minimum wage.

He explained that this would cover any differential or any gap that would exist in terms of what existed before the 2024 budget was approved.

He said, “now, you are also aware that last week, the Nigeria Labour Congress met the President. This, of course, was part of the consultation that the President has agreed.

“Recall that he had met the Organised Sector, he had also met subnationals after the tripartite committee on Labour had submitted its report.

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“In order to ensure that there is a thorough analysis of the situation so that government would come up with a minimum wage that works for all Nigerians, federal government, the subnationals and the organised private sector.

“That was also discussed today. And government has also directed the Ministry of Budget to also come up with additional support for the 2024 budget, so that any differential or any gap that will exist in terms of what existed before 2024 budget was approved, a supplementary budget and also what the requirement is for now.

“So, government is working around the clock to ensure that it comes up with a minimum wage, like I said, that works for all Nigerians. At the end of the day, this of course will be submitted to the National Assembly so that you can have legislative backing.”

He also revealed that President Tinubu has been scheduled to meet with the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliates on Thursday.

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The meeting is expected to be a crucial step in finalizing the new minimum wage proposal before it is submitted to the National Assembly for legislation.

Idris emphasised the government’s determination to resolve the wage issue, stating that government was working around the clock to ensure that it comes up with a new minimum wage that works for all Nigerians.

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Daughter Of Former Borno State Deputy Governor Loses Her Husband 5 months After Wedding

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Family members, friends and the couple’s wedding photographer, Maigaskiya Studio, confirmed the sad news on social media.

Yasmin, the daughter of former Borno State Deputy Gov. Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, has lost her husband, Abdulrahman Sabo Maina

Maina lost his life 5 months after they tied the knot.

Abdulrahman passed away on Sunday morning, July 14, 2024.

The couple got married in February 2024.

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Family members, friends and the couple’s wedding photographer, Maigaskiya Studio, confirmed the sad news on social media.

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