Iranian rapper arrested in Istanbul on request of Tehran
Turkish police arrested an Iranian rapper in Istanbul following a request from Iran, Radio Free Europe reported citing Tehran authorities.
Iranian news agencies quoted police spokesman Ahmad Naurian as saying on Tuesday that Amir Tataloo, an underground musician unauthorised by the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, was arrested by Turkish police after the Interpol issued a red alert for him.
Nourian said Iran's judicial authorities had requested the arrest of Tataloo "for encouraging citizens, especially young people, to use drugs, especially psychotropic drugs, and for spreading corruption.”
Interpol neither confirmed nor denied the arrest of Tataloo, who has been reportedly living in Turkey for the past several months, Radio Free Europe said.
The administrator of Tataloo's social networks broke the news about his arrest on Instagram while warning that the singer could be handed over to Iran, Radio Free Europe said.
The singer, whose real name is Amir Hossein Maghsoodloo, was planning to move from Turkey to Britain, Radio Free Europe quoted Tataloo’s social media manager as saying.
In Turkey, several rap artists have faced jail since 2018 over accusations that their lyrics encouraged drug use.