07 February 2023 :
February 3, 2023 - Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi released on bail
The award-winning director had gone on hunger strike to protest against his detention, causing a wave of concern.
Yusef Moulai, Panahi’s lawyer, confirmed he had been released on bail and returned home. He said Panahi was in good health after two days without food, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Panahi’s wife Tahereh Saidi posted an image on Instagram of Panahi being driven from prison in a vehicle.
News on Thursday that Panahi, 62, had gone on a hunger strike in which he was refusing food and water caused a wave of concern across the world about the director, who has won prizes at all of Europe’s top three film festivals.
The director was detained in July in the wake of the government crackdown on dissent. He was arrested after he inquired about another director, Mohammad Rasoulof, who was imprisoned a few days earlier after signing an appeal against police violence.
Rasoulof was released from prison on January 7 after being granted a two-week furlough for health reasons and is believed to still be free.