Mansour Jahani, an independent and international cinema journalist and MIME friend has reported that Mohammed Rasoulof, the famous Iranian cinema director, has been released from prison, as of February 13th.
However, Rasoulof still remains to be prosecuted on a separate case and if the court finds Rasoulof guilty of this other charge, he could face eight years in prison. Rasoulof was serving his two-year sentence, for charges brought against him in 2011 and 2019, when he was accused of spreading propaganda against the state.
Rasoulouf, who had been on medical release for some major surgery as of three weeks ago, received his release order on Monday, February 13, 2023, along with several other political prisoners. Therefore, Rasoulouf will not be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his time. Although Rasoulouf is currently technically free, he is still being prosecuted in the revolutionary court for three fresh charges relating to illegal assembly and collusion against national security, insulting the regime leadership, and spreading propaganda against the state. These are the charges which are being argued against him. If found guilty, Rasoulouf will be sentenced to eight years in prison.
Photo by Mansour Jahani, used with permission.