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2 Iranian filmmakers get 6 year prison terms

Two prominent Iranian opposition filmmakers have been sentenced to six years in jail each on charges of working against the ruling system.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2010 23:19 IST

Two prominent Iranian opposition filmmakers have been sentenced to six years in jail each on charges of working against the ruling system.

Internationally renowned filmmaker and opposition supporter Jafar Panahi was also banned from shooting or scriptwriting any film for 20 years and was barred from leaving the country for the same period, according to his lawyer Farideh Qeirat.

Mohammad Rasulov, another opposition filmmaker, received a six-year jail term on similar charges. No specific details were given.

Both supported the opposition in Iran's disputed presidential election last June.

Another opposition filmmaker, Mohammad Nourizad, is serving a 3 1/2-year prison sentence for spreading propaganda against the government and insulting the country's leaders.