Iran: Filmmaker released from prison


Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi was released from Evin Prison on 19 April 2017 after serving nearly five months of a one-year sentence, reported Amnesty International on 27 April 2017.

Karimi, who is from a Kurdish background, was originally charged in October 2015 with a six-year prison sentence and 223 lashes on charges of “insulting the sacred”, “spreading propaganda against the regime” and “illicit relations”. In February 2016 an appeals court upheld Karimi’s sentence, but suspended five years of the punishment, still requiring him to serve out one year in prison and receive 223 lashes. He began serving his sentence on 23 November 2016.

According to Karimi’s lawyer, the filmmaker is on conditional release, based on his ”good beahviour” and is on probation until the end of October 2017. Additionally, the suspended five-year sentence will remain in place and the 223 lashes can still be enforced during this time.

“I want to continue filmmaking, but I don’t know how much and in which country,” Karimi told the Associated Press on 30 April 2017.


Photo: Keywan Karimi Twitter profile


Sources

» Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – 30 April 2017
Iranian filmmaker released from prison early

» Amnesty International – 27 April 2017
Iran: Further information: Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi released

» Reuters – 20 April 2017
Iranian film-maker released from Evin prison: human rights group


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» 24 November 2016: Iran: Filmmaker begins serving prison sentence

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