August 21, 2017

Iranian actress gets 90 lashes and prison for movie role

Once again the Iranian judicial system shows that equity and freedom of expression are against the law in that part of the world.

Iranian actress, Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in an Australian-produced movie critical of the Islamic republic’s hard-line policies.

Marzieh Vafamehr appeared in the film My Tehran for Sale, shot in the Iranian capital, which tells the story of a young actress whose stage work is banned by authorities.

The movie was produced by an Australian-based company and directed by an Iranian-Australian Granaz Moussavi.

It premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2009, but is banned in Iran.

The Iranian opposition website, Kalameh.com, said on Monday that Vafamehr’s lawyer had appealed the sentence.

Lashing sentences are not uncommon in Iran, but many are not carried out.

There was no official statement.