Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of an Oscar-winning film, was jailed last month for criticizing the crackdown on Mahsa Amini protests.
Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film, The Salesman, was released on bail on Wednesday, according to Iran’s ISNA news agency. Her mother, Nadereh Hakim Elahi, had also announced her impending release hours earlier on Instagram.
“My client was released today after posting bail,” the semi-official ISNA news website was quoted as saying by Alidoosti’s lawyer, Zahra Minooei, on Wednesday afternoon.
Alidoosti was jailed on December 17 after she posted a message on Instagram expressing her solidarity with the first man executed for crimes allegedly committed during the nationwide protests that erupted in September following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the vice squad.
The actress was one of several Iranian celebrities who expressed support for the protests and criticized the authorities’ violent suppression of dissent. In the four months since Amini’s death, Iran has seen its biggest protests since the 1979 revolution.
Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti released after three weeks of detention: what a joy and relief! Let’s stay involved! pic.twitter.com/rDwKJsfhZI
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Alidoosti’s Instagram account, which had about eight million followers, has been suspended.
A photo of the actress has been circulating on social media after her release.
More than 600 artists and filmmakers had recently issued an open letter calling for Alidoosti’s release. The Cannes Film Festival also condemned the arrest and called for her immediate release.
‘Shame on humanity’
from Iran first publically known execution was that of Mohsen Shekari on December 8 after being charged by an Iranian court with blocking a street in Tehran and attacking a member of the country’s security forces with a machete.
Iran a week later a second prisoner executed, Majidreza Rahnavard, by public hanging. He was accused of stabbing two members of the paramilitary Basij militia, which is leading the repression.
Activists say at least a dozen people have been sentenced to death in closed-door hearings on charges related to the protests.
“His name was Mohsen Shekari,” Alidoosti wrote on Instagram before her arrest. “Any international organization that sees this bloodshed and takes no action is a disgrace to humanity.”
At least 516 protesters have been killed and more than 19,000 people have been arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has closely followed the unrest. Iranian authorities have not provided an official count of the dead or prisoners.
Other famous Iranians have been arrested for supporting the protesters, including actresses Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, who were arrested in November for expressing their solidarity on social media. Voria Ghafouri, one Iranian football player, was also arrested that month for “insulting the national football team and anti-government propaganda”. All three have been released.
Alidoosti had previously criticized the Iranian government and its police force before this year’s protests.
In June 2020, she was given a five-month suspended prison sentence after criticizing police in 2018 on Twitter for assaulting a woman who had removed her headscarf.
Other well-known films in which Alidoosti starred are The Beautiful City and About Elly.