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Well-known Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof sentenced to lashings and eight years in jail forward of Cannes movie competition, lawyer says

Well-known Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof sentenced to lashings and eight years in jail forward of Cannes movie competition, lawyer says


The award-winning Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to eight years in jail and lashings simply forward of his deliberate journey to the Cannes movie competition, his lawyer instructed The Related Press Thursday.

Rasoulof, 51, identified for his movie “There Is No Evil,” has grow to be the most recent artist focused in a widening crackdown on all dissent within the Islamic Republic following years of mass protests, together with over the 2022 loss of life of Mahsa Amini.

Iranian authorities have not acknowledged the sentence however Rasoulof and different artists had co-signed a letter urging authorities to “put your gun down” amid demonstrations over a 2022 constructing collapse that killed not less than 29 folks within the southwestern metropolis of Abadan. Within the time since then, artists, athletes, celebrities and others have been known as for questioning or confronted jail sentences.

“This judgment is issued resulting from Mr. Rasoulof signing statements in assist of the Iranian folks,” his lawyer Babak Paknia instructed the AP. He mentioned that these statements, alongside along with his tweets and additional social actions, have been discovered to be cases of ‘motion towards nationwide safety.’

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Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof poses throughout a photograph name for the movie “The Immigrant” on the 66th worldwide movie competition, in Cannes, southern France on Might 24, 2013. 

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Rasoulof confronted trial in Tehran’s Revolutionary Courtroom, Paknia added.

The tribunals, typically dealing with instances of these with Western ties later utilized in prisoner swaps by Iran, have been internationally criticized for not permitting these on trial to choose their very own legal professionals and even see the proof towards them in closed-door hearings.

The director additionally faces lashings, fines and asset seizures, his lawyer mentioned.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t reply to a request for remark over Rasoulof’s sentencing. He had been scheduled to go to Cannes for the premiere of his new movie, “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” later this month.

Paknia mentioned Iranian authorities had summoned for questioning some crew members concerned within the manufacturing of “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” including that they have been below strain to have it withdrawn from the Cannes competition.

Some crew members have been “interrogated” in current weeks whereas actors had additionally been questioned and barred from leaving Iran, the lawyer mentioned.

It was not instantly clear how many individuals concerned within the manufacturing have been interrogated.

“There Is No Evil,” which tells 4 tales loosely related to the usage of the loss of life penalty in Iran, received the Golden Bear prize at Berlin in 2020. Rasoulof wasn’t there to simply accept the award resulting from a journey ban imposed on him by Iranian authorities. Shortly after receiving the award, he was sentenced to a 12 months in jail for 3 movies he made that authorities discovered to be “propaganda towards the system.”

He has confronted repeated jail sentences and movie bans in his native Iran, whose Shiite theocracy lengthy has railed towards Western-embraced artists as part of a “comfortable conflict” towards its insurance policies. But Iran has grow to be identified on the worldwide movie circuit for daring, thought-provoking films outlining the challenges of life within the Islamic Republic.

Fellow filmmaker Saeed Roustayi and his producer equally confronted authorized motion final 12 months after touring to Cannes to point out “Leila’s Brothers.”

Final month, an Iranian courtroom sentenced rapper Toomaj Salehi to loss of life for supporting protests sparked by Amini’s loss of life. U.N. human rights officers issued a press release demanding Salehi’s fast launch and urging Iranian authorities to reverse the sentence. The Revolutionary Courtroom had accused Salehi of “help in sedition, meeting and collusion, propaganda towards the system and calling for riots,” Raisian mentioned. 

Months of unrest following Amini’s loss of life in September 2022 noticed a whole bunch of individuals killed together with dozens of safety personnel, and 1000’s extra arrested. Iranian officers labelled the protests “riots” and accused Tehran’s overseas foes of fomenting the unrest.

AFP contributed to this report.

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