Iranian director Panahi writes from jail

15th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Jailed Iranian director Jafar Panahi on Saturday thanked France for fighting for him to be freed, in a letter from his Tehran prison cell that was read out at the Cannes film festival.

"Warm greetings from my narrow and dark cell in Evin prison," he wrote, in a letter read aloud at the top of the red-carpeted steps of the festival hall in the French Riviera city.

He thanked the French government and hailed those who "along with my wife, my children and all those of my countrymen who come and visit me from outside, are working for me to be freed."

© 2010 AFP

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