Iran’s Judiciary should immediately clarify the reasons behind a raid on the home of film director Jafar Panahi as well as the legal basis for detaining him and two of his colleagues, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.
According to accounts published on various websites, including the BBC, plainclothes security agents raided Panahi’s home on the evening of March 1, 2010. They searched his home, confiscated some of his personal belongings, and then arrested Panahi, his wife, adult daughter, and 15 filmmakers and actors. Panahi’s son said that Panahi and his guests had been convening a meeting about an upcoming film when intelligence agents arrived. Panahi and two others remain in detention.