15 Oct '11, 9am

Court upholds sentence against Iran film-maker Jafar Panahi

Court upholds sentence against Iran film-maker Jafar Panahi

A Tehran appeals court has upheld a six-year jail sentence and 20-year film-making and travel ban against international award-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi (above), his family told AFP on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP TEHRAN (AFP) - A Tehran appeals court has upheld a six-year jail sentence and 20-year film-making and travel ban against international award-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his family told AFP on Saturday. The verdict, handed down around two weeks ago, has not yet been carried out, the family said. The government-run newspaper Iran confirmed the ruling in its Saturday edition, saying: 'The charges he was sentenced for are acting against national security and propaganda against the regime.' The daily also said that a six-year jail sentence against another Iranian filmmaker, Mohammad Rasoulof, was reduced to one year in the same appeal. Panahi, 51, has...

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