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UPDATE The Iranian Kurdish footballer jailed last week has been released on bail, along with another former member of the country’s national team. Iranian authorities announced the release of Voria Ghafouri and Parviz Boroumand yesterday. The Iranian Kurdish player, Voria Ghafouri, was arrested on November 24 for “insulting the national soccer team and propagandising against the government,” Iranian media reported. This was after he spoke out against authorities’ violent suppression of protests in Kurdish areas. He had also expressed sympathy for the family of Mahsa Amini, a young woman killed by police for allegedly wearing her headscarf improperly. Boroumand, a […]

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