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Court Upholds Sentence Against Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Iranian director Jafar Panahi
A Tehran appeals court has upheld a six-year jail sentence and 20-year filmmaking and travel ban against international award-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

The film director's family confirmed to the AFP news agency on October 15 that the verdict was handed down around two weeks ago but has not yet been carried out.

Panahi was convicted in December last year over a documentary he tried to make about the unrest that followed the disputed 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Panahi, 51, has won a slew of foreign awards for his films. But many are banned in Iran where authorities are unhappy with his satirical portrayal of everyday life in the Islamic Republic.

compiled from agency reports