Jafar Panahi, 49, an award winning Iranian filmmaker has been taken into custody late Monday evening by Tehranian security forces.
Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabad said the detention was not political and that the filmmaker was suspected of committing some unspecified “offenses,”.
Jafar PanahiPanahi has openly supported the opposition to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the widely disputed summer elections which sent to country into turmoil. The director has previously been arrested when he visited the graves of the victims of Tehran’s post-election disruption and was later banned from travelling abroad. Some of his films have also been banned in Iran.
Panahi is seen as one of the most influential filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave movement and has won several awards including Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The Prosecutor also said “The detention of Jafar Panahi is not related to his artistic profession and has no political aspect,”
It appears obvious to me that Iran are holding him exactly for the reason they say they are not holding him, so lets hope they just let him go, sooner rather than later.