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Opposition website: Iranian actress faces year in prison, 90 lashes for anti-regime film
SYDNEY (AP) ' The Australian producers of a film critical of Iran say they are appalled at reports that an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in the movie.
The Iranian opposition website Kalameh.com said Monday that Marzieh Vafamehr's attorney had appealed the sentence. Lashing sentences are not uncommon in Iran, but many are not carried out. There was no official statement.
The movie was produced by an Australian-based company. On Tuesday, producers Julie Ryan and Kate Croser said in a statement that they did not know the specifics of the charges against Vafamehr. But they said they believe the charges relate to scenes in which Marzieh appears without a hijab headscarf.
Ryan and Croser said they were shocked and saddened by the sentence.