IRAN: Tehran judiciary frees filmmaker Jafar Panahi on $200,000 bail [Updated]
Jafar Panahi, 49, was jailed more than two months ago after police raided a gathering at his north Tehran home. His arrest and jailing launched an intense campaign by fellow filmmakers worldwide to get him released.[Updated, 9 a.m. PST: Jafar Panahi's son, Panah, has posted fresh pictures of his dad, appearing emaciated but in good spirits, to his Facebook page.]
Actress Juliette Binoche, after winning the best actress award at Cannes over the weekend, made a public appeal for the release of Panahi, who had been slated to serve as a judge at this year's festival.A report by the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency (in Persian) said Panahi's family had put up $200,000 bail to have him released.
The Mehr report, citing the judiciary, said prosecutors continue to pursue their case against the filmmaker, who is a vocal supporter of the green-themed opposition movement born of Iran's disputed 2009 presidential elections.