Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of an Oscar-winning film, was jailed last month for criticising a crackdown on Mahsa Amini protests.
Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film, The Salesman, was released on bail on Wednesday, according to Iran’s ISNA news agency. Her mother, Nadereh Hakim Elahi, had also announced her imminent release hours earlier on Instagram.“My client was released today after posting bail,” the semiofficial ISNA news website quoted Alidoosti’s lawyer, Zahra Minooei, as saying Wednesday afternoon.
Alidoosti was jailed on December 17 after she made a post on Instagram expressing solidarity with the first man executed for crimes allegedly committed during the nationwide protests, which erupted in September after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police. The actress was among several Iranian celebrities to show support for the protests, criticising the authorities’ violent clampdown on dissent. In the four months since Amini’s death, Iran has seen its biggest protests since its 1979 revolution.
Alidoosti’s Instagram account, which had some eight million followers, has been suspended. A picture of the actress has been circulating on social media after her release. More than 600 artists and filmmakers had recently called for Alidoosti’s release in an open letter. The Cannes Film Festival also condemned the detention and called for her
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