Parkour star is arrested in Iran for ‘vulgar acts’ after posting photos of himself kissing a woman on a rooftop
- Alireza Japalaghy, 28, an Iranian parkour athlete, was arrested on Tuesday
- On Monday he posted pictures of himself kissing a woman on a roof in Tehran
- Police said an individual had been arrested for committing ‘vulgar’ acts
An Iranian parkour athlete has been arrested for committing ‘vulgar’ acts after he posted photos online of himself kissing a woman on Tehran’s rooftops, police said today.
The individual appeared to be Alireza Japalaghy, 28, a Tehran-based parkour athlete with more than 133,000 followers on Instagram.
Tehran’s police chief Hossein Rahimi told ISNA: ‘This individual has been arrested by Tehran’s cyber police.
‘We are against this individual and his companion’s norm-breaking and vulgar behaviour and the police and the judiciary will certainly deal with them.’
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Alireza Japalaghy, 28, (pictured) a Tehran-based parkour athlete with over 133,000 followers on Instagram was arrested after posting pictures of him kissing a woman in Tehran, Iran
He did not name the person who was arrested.
Japalaghy had posted a series of photos and videos last week showing him and an unidentified woman in sports wear hanging off buildings and kissing.
Under the Islamic dress code, women can only show their face, hands and feet in public and are supposed to wear only modest colours.
Tehran’s police chief Hossein Rahimi, the woman in Japalaghy’s photos ‘will also be arrested soon’
Under the Islamic dress code, women can only show their face, hands and feet in public and are supposed to wear only modest colours
In an Instagram video on Monday, he said he had received ‘suspicious calls’ telling him to turn himself in or be arrested publicly.
His brother posted an update on the same account the next day, saying Alireza had been taken from their home and arrested.
According to police chief Rahimi, the woman in Japalaghy’s photos ‘will also be arrested soon’.
In an Instagram video on Monday Japalaghy (pictured) said he had received ‘suspicious calls’ telling him to turn himself in or be arrested publicly
Japalaghy (pictured) started free-running when his father – an ex policeman – went missing during his retirement and never came home
Parkour is an extreme sport born in France in the 1990s that combines the efficiency of movement across the urban landscape with death-defying leaps.
It has a following in neighbourhoods of west Tehran, where high-rise residential buildings are closely connected.
Japalaghy started free-running when his father – an ex policeman – went missing during his retirement and never came home.
Japalaghy had posted a series of photos and videos showing him kissing an unidentified woman on rooftops
Japalaghy’s ‘suicide kiss’ as he hangs from a building with a female friend in Iran’s capital, filmed last year
He previously told his fans: ‘What better way for me to get rid of all my emotions than by channelling them through my career, doing all of this parkour?
‘Free-running stunts and doing things that no one can even dream of lets me channel all of my misery.
‘We started a file in court. The search and inspections began but nobody could tell us what happened to him even a minute after he was gone. He has faded from existence.
Mr Japalaghy is seen changing clothes while hanging from a building in one stunt. He is shown here grabbing a new pair of shorts after removing his other ones
The 28-year-old is seen here leaping between two buildings
‘You can’t even imagine the aftermath and mental pressure me and my family went through due to my father’s disappearance.’
The athlete is also seen in the compilation video backflipping on to the top of a multi storey car park before putting his trust into a colleague, using his arm as a pivot to swing himself onto solid ground from a massive height.
Among several other stunts, Japalaghy can be seen exercising on the precipice of several buildings.