Iranian dissident director Mohammad Rasurov, recently released from prison for health reasons, now faces new charges that could see him return to prison.
Iranian authorities filed three new charges against the director, accusing him of unlawfully
assembly and complicity against national security, insulting the regime leadership, and disseminating Propaganda against the state. If found guilty by the Revolutionary Tribunal, Rasurow could be sentenced to a new eight-year prison sentence.
Rasoulof, an acclaimed director whose films have won prizes at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals, was directed by Iran One of the most prominent of the tens of thousands of Iranians imprisoned has protested against the government for the past year. Rasoulof was jailed last July after posting on social media calling on Iranian security forces to stop violent attacks on demonstrators. Officially, he was imprisoned to serve the two-year sentence originally proposed against him in 2019 and 2019 because Allegedly spreading anti-State propaganda.
His arrest followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody, an incident that sparked national-wide protests. In response, the Iranian government has been cracking down on protesters and suppressing any criticism of the regime online.
and released him from the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. On Monday, he was granted a release order, meaning he won’t have to return to prison to complete his original sentence.
But the new charges mean he may not be free for long.
“It all depends on how the court reacts to the new allegations,” said Farzad Pak, a friend of Rasoulof’s Golden Bear The producers of the TV series No Evil , told The Hollywood Reporter.
Rasoulof’s release follows another filmmaker 2019 Jafar Panahi , who announced his hunger strike at Released from Evin Prison on 3 February. Panahi was imprisoned after he went to question Rasoulof and fellow imprisoned filmmaker Mostafa Al-Ahmad.