The Iranian government is insisting it is against a jail term and working ban imposed on Iranian movie director Jafar Panahi.
The filmmaker was sentenced to six years in prison last month on charges of making a film without permission and inciting opposition protests.
He was also banned from writing or making movies for 20 years.
But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff has told reporters that the Iranian government and president do not share the view of the judges.
What critics are demanding though is the release of Panahi and a lifting of the work ban.
The filmmaker, who is a winner of many international awards, was a supporter of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in disputed elections in 2009.