Foreign Filmmaker Thrown in Evin Prison After Stumbling Upon Iranian Mass Grave

French-Iranian filmmaker Mehrnoushe Solouki came to Tehran to shoot a documentary about the burial rites of Iran’s religious minorities.

Unfortunately for her, she stumbled upon a massive gravesite of opposition opponents slaughtered by the regime in 1988.

The regime confiscated the filmmaker’s equipment.
Mehrnoushe was sent to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

Judith Apter Klinghoffer reported on the Iranian dissidents who are revolting against the brutal regime today at the History News Network– including Mehrnoushe Solouki.

Mehrnoushe Solouki will go to court on November 17th. She is urging the international community for support at this time.
Radio Free Europe reported:

Solouki is due to go before an Iranian court on November 17. She apparently faces charges of intending to make antiestablishment propaganda, which she denies. But the proceedings will take place behind closed doors, their outcome far from certain. And fearing the worst, Solouki is urging the international community to shine a light on her case, with a particular appeal to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“For the past nine months, I have lived with fear the whole time,” said Solouki, 38. “The pressure includes mental as well as monetary pressure — mental pressure because I am extremely worried about my safety.”

On February 17, police stormed Solouki’s residence in Tehran and arrested her, saying they had learned that she had filmed the mass graves. Solouki says her documentary at the time had yet to be filmed, and that none of the equipment seized from her gave any indication of the film’s content. So she is accused, she says, of harboring “presumed intentions” to produce antiestablishment propaganda.

The CBC has more on the case against Solouki.

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