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Iran detains award winning director Panahi

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Iran detains award winning director Panahi


Iranian security forces have reportedly arrested award winning film director Jafar Panahi.

It’s unclear why he’s been detained but the director supported opposition leader, Mirossein Mousavi in last year’s disputed presidential election, which plunged the Islamic Republic into months of violent political turmoil.

According to an opposition website, Panahi was held at his home together with his wife, daughter and 15 guests on Monday night.

It is understood his home was search and some of his belongings seized.

Panahi, is a winner of several international awards, including the top prize at the 2000 Venice film festival for “The Circle” – a film about the oppression of women.

Thousands of opposition supporters were detained after the election. Most of them have since been freed but more than 80 people have been jailed for up to 15 years. Two people put on trial after the election have been executed.

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