Man slapped with fine for holding public birthday party for himselfBy Mason White 2:14 PM August 26, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of violating traditions and customs after holding a birthday party for himself at a restaurant, police in Tajikistan said.
Dushanbe police said that they arrested Isayev Amirbek, after he posted pictures on Facebook, which showed that he had visited a cafe, where he enjoyed a birthday cake.
The photos were enough evidence to convince a judge that he broke Article 8 of the law Regulation of the traditions and customs of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The law prohibits birthday celebrations anywhere except in the privacy of the family home. After being convicted, Amirbek was slapped with a fine of $634.
Amirbek admitted that he was at the restaurant with friends on the date in question, but said that the birthday celebration just happened and he did not plan it.
A waiter testified in court that he slapped the cake on Amirbek’s face, but no one wished him happy birthday. The judge ruled that the waiter’s testimony is not believable, and convicted Amirbek.