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Prominent Iranian Sculptor Accused Of 'Disturbing Public Peace'

Prominent Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, who was recently banned from leaving the country, says he’s been accused by the police of “disturbing public peace” and “spreading lies.”

Tanavoli spoke to the semiofficial ILNA news agency after visiting Iran’s special court for culture and media.

"They told me my sculptures are examples of disturbing the public peace and spreading lies," Tanavoli said on July 10.

There has been no comment from the police.

The authorities confiscated Tanavoli's passport last week and prevented him from flying to London for the launch of his new book, "European Women in Persian Houses."

"I have worked for 50 years and so far none of my works have had any problems," Tanavoli said.

He added that the accusations came after his works had been on display at several venues around Tehran.

Tanavoli is one of Iran’s best known living artists. His art has been displayed in museums worldwide.

Based on reporting by ILNA and AFP