1676381047 Iran freed film director Mohammad Rasoulof who was sentenced to

Iran freed film director Mohammad Rasoulof, who was sentenced to eight months in prison for criticizing the regime’s actions

Iran freed film director Mohammad Rasoulof who was sentenced to

Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof has been released after spending the past eight months in prison for criticizing the state’s crackdown on protests sparked by a building collapse in 2022.

“Mohammad Rasoulof has been released from prison,” pro-reform daily Shargh reported briefly, posting a photo of the warden on the street with two other released prisoners. Shargh did not say when he was released, nor have the authorities reported on it.

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Rasoulof, winner of the 2020 Golden Bear for The lives of other (There is no Evil, in English version) was arrested last July for criticizing the repression of protests sparked by the collapse of a building in 2022 Claimed dozens of deaths.

Jafar Panahi, also an Iranian filmmaker, was arrested days later for protesting Rasoulof’s detention and was released earlier this month after declaring a hunger strike. His arrest reinstated another six-year sentence from 2010 for violating national security, a sentence that had been suspended at the time.

Iran has seen anti-Islamic Republic protests over the past four months, sparked by the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini after she was arrested for improperly wearing the veil.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced the amnesty and prison sentence reductions earlier this month. And in the last few days there have been several releases. It is not known if Rasoulof’s release is part of this amnesty.

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