Detained Iranian Director Granted Hearing

Jafar Panahi, an Iranian director whose hunger strike and continued detention in Tehran’s Evin prison has been a focus of attention during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, may soon be released on bail, Agence France-Presse reports on Friday.

Mr. Panahi, who was arrested on March 1 for supposedly working on “an antiregime film,” has been on hunger strike since Sunday. His wife, Tahereh Saeedi, and his lawyer, Farideh Gheirat, told A.F.P. that when they visited the director at Evin on Thursday judiciary officials said that he could be released after a bail hearing on Saturday.

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