Iranian state media say authorities have arrested Tarane Alidousti, star of the Oscar-winning film “The Salesman.”
CAIRO, Egypt – Iranian authorities have arrested one of the country’s most popular actresses for allegedly spreading lies about protests across the country, state media said Saturday.
Tarane Alidosti, star of the Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” was detained a week after he was sentenced to death for crimes he allegedly committed during nationwide protests on Instagram, IRNA reported. Wale made a post expressing solidarity with the first person.
IRNA also said that several other Iranian celebrities have been “summoned by the judicial body for publishing inflammatory content.” He did not say how many or provide further details.
According to a report published on state media’s official Telegram channel, Alidousti was arrested because he “did not provide any documents as per his claims”.
In her post, the 38-year-old actress said: “His name was Mohsin Shikari. Any international organization that is watching this bloodshed and not taking action is an affront to humanity.
Shukri was executed by an Iranian court on December 9 after he was accused of blocking a road in Tehran and attacking a member of the country’s security forces with a knife.
Last week, Iran executed another prisoner, Majdarreza Rehanvard, in connection with the protests. Rahnward’s body was left hanging from a construction crane as a grim warning to others. Iranian authorities alleged that the pilgrim stabbed two members of his paramilitary force.
The two men were executed less than a month after they were indicted, the speed at which Iran now carries out executions for alleged crimes related to the protests. Activists say at least a dozen people have been sentenced to death in closed-room hearings.
Alidosti has made at least three posts on his Instagram account expressing solidarity with the protesters since the protests began in September. His account, which had nearly 8 million followers, has been suspended.
Iran has been rocked by protests since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being detained by moral police. These protests have since turned into one of the most serious challenges to Iran’s theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Alidosti has previously criticized the Iranian government and its police force.
In June 2020, she was given a five-month suspended sentence after criticizing police on Twitter in 2018 who assaulted a woman who had taken off her headscarf.
Alidosti’s other films include “The Beautiful City” and “About Alley”.
Two other famous Iranian actresses, Hengamah Ghaziani and Katayoun Rehi, were arrested by the authorities for expressing solidarity with the protesters on social media. Both have been released.
At least 495 people have been killed in the protests amid a heavy security crackdown, according to Human Rights Watch in Iran, a group that has been monitoring the protests since they began. Authorities have detained more than 18,200 people.