Taraneh Alidoosti arrested after supporting Iranian protesters

Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran’s most famous actors, has been arrested for “spreading lies” regarding the country’s ongoing protest movement, according to state media.

the BBC I reported that Alidoosti condemned the country’s recent execution of Mohsen Shukrim for his involvement in the protests. The actress made the comments through a now-deleted Instagram post.

His name was Mohsen Shekari. Every international organization that monitors this bloodshed and takes no action is a disgrace to humanity,” Alidoosti wrote. The actress was arrested after she was unable to produce “any documents consistent with her allegations,” according to state media. Since then, her account has been deleted. Alidoosti on Instagram, which has about eight million followers.

Shekari was executed on December 8 after he was accused of blocking a main road in Tehran and wounding an army officer with a machete. Shekari was found guilty by a revolutionary court of fighting and taking a weapon “with the intent of killing, inciting terror and disturbing the peace and security of society”. He appealed the ruling, but it was eventually upheld. The total period from arrest to execution was two and a half months – an energetic chain of events that has alarmed groups such as Iran Human Rights and Amnesty International.

Alidoosti has emerged as one of the faces of Iranian cinema. She starred in Asghar Farhadi’s 2016 drama The Salesman, which won the Oscar for Best International Film. This year, she was a high-profile guest at the Cannes Film Festival, where she promoted her new film, “Leila’s Brothers,” directed by Saeed Rasti.

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