Iran releases director arrested during protests

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 Iran releases director arrested during protests

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Prominent Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, who was imprisoned six months ago for protesting a building collapse, has been released for two weeks due to health problems, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Rasoulof, 50, was arrested on July 8 on charges of inciting demonstrations that erupted after a fatal building collapse in May in the southwest city of Abadan.

After the tragedy, a group of Iranian filmmakers led by Rasoulof published an open letter condemning “corruption, theft, inefficiency, and repression” while calling on the security forces to “resign.”

“My client's detention has been suspended for two weeks for health reasons,” — The director's lawyer, Maryam Kianersi, told AFP.

The lawyer added that her client “is now discharged from the hospital and is being treated at home.”

Rasoulof received the Golden Bear at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival for his anti-death penalty film No Evil but was unable to accept the award in person as he was banned from leaving Iran.

His passport was confiscated after the premiere of his 2017 film A Man of Honesty. in Cannes, where he received the top prize in the Un Certain Regard category.

On July 11, authorities arrested world-famous dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi after being interrogated by the Tehran prosecutor's office in the Rasoulof case.

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