Iran releases renowned filmmaker on $200,000 bail

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May 25, 2010 21:34

 
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TEHERAN, Iran — Iran released an internationally renowned filmmaker and opposition supporter on bail Tuesday after more than two months in custody, state TV reported.

Jafar Panahi, who has won awards at the Chicago, Cannes and Berlin film festivals, was freed on bail of about $200,000, but the report said his indictment would be sent to a revolutionary court for future action.

The decision came about a week after the 49-year-old filmmaker began a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. He also demanded to be allowed to see his family, meet with a lawyer and be set free pending trial.

Panahi was taken into custody after Iranian security forces raided the filmmaker's Teheran home in early March. A state prosecutor has said Panahi's detention was not political and the filmmaker was suspected of committing unspecified "offenses."

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