Iran to release film director on Tuesday: wife

Jailed Iranian film director Panahi, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week, is expected to be released on Tuesday on bail of 2 billion rials, his wife said.

Iran to release film director on Tuesday: wife

Jailed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week, is expected to be released on Tuesday on bail of 2 billion rials (about $200,000), his wife said.

Panahi, winner of many international awards and a supporter of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in last year's presidential election, was arrested in March along with his wife and daughter. His family was later freed.

"Based on what we have been told, Panahi will be released tonight between 7 and 11 p.m. (1430-1830 GMT)," ILNA news agency quoted his wife Tahereh Saeedi as saying. She said the bail had already been deposited.

Panahi is held at Tehran's Evin jail, where human rights groups say many political prisoners are detained.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told ISNA news agency on Monday that Panahi would be released on bail, but he did not say when it would happen.

"We had a meeting with him on Thursday along with the prosecutor and although his general health condition was good he looked physically weak," Saeedi said.

Panahi, whose films portray ordinary life in Iran, often examining social issues faced by women, had been due to sit on the jury of the 2010 Cannes festival.

He won the festival's Camera d'Or prize for his 1995 movie, "White Balloon".

Reuters

Last Mod: 25 Mayıs 2010, 11:12
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