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Jafar Panahi released

May 26, 2010

The Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Amnesty International Film Festival, was released on $200,000 bail Tuesday from the Evin prison in Tehran. He had been held here since March on charges of producing an "anti-regime" film. The film was reportedly in early development. Panahi had been named as a judge at the Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Sunday, and pleas for his release had been voiced at a festival news conference by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and at Sunday night's awards ceremony, when the film's star, Juliette Binoche, who won the best actress award, remarked that Panahi's only offense was "being an artist, being independent."

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