Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof sentenced to 8 years in prison and flogging

Popular Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to eight years in prison, as reported by his lawyer Babak Paknia. In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), Babak detailed that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Court imposed an eight-year prison term on Rasoulof, along with flogging, a fine, and property confiscation. Paknia confirmed that the verdict was upheld in an appellate court and is now pending enforcement. The lawyer added that Rasoulof’s public declarations and his involvement in film and documentary production were cited as the primary grounds for the sentence. The court interpreted these activities as instances of collaboration aimed at undermining the security of the country.

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