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08 December 2023

Iran’s classical singer Shahram Nazeri detained

Iranian classical singer Shahram Nazeri, dubbed “Iran’s Pavarotti”, has been released after being held overnight for questioning by authorities in Tehran.

Nazeri turned himself Thursday, a source close to the family said, requesting anonymity out of safety concerns. Nazeri’s detention and release Friday were confirmed by Hadi Ghaemi, director of the New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

The singer had been briefly detained at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran when he returned to Iran on January 4 from a New Year’s holiday in Dubai. The source said his passport and identification documents were seized then.

A hugely popular classical musician in Iran for more than 30 years, Nazeri said in October that he has never faced censorship in Iran, “a rarity for any artist”.


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