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Released Iranian film-maker returns home from Iraq

Tehran, July 13, IRNA-Iranian film-maker Farshid Faraji, who has been recently released from US-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, arrived in Tehran Tuesday night.

Iranian-born film-maker, Cyrus Kar, and his cameraman Farshid Faraji were detained on May 19 near Baghdad by US troops and were released 53 days later. They had obtained necessary license to enter Iraq territory to work on a documentary film titled `In Search of Cyrus the Great' in archaeological sites in the country.

Talking to IRNA at Mehrabad International Airport, Faraji said the team entered Iraq on May 6 after obtaining visa and all legal licenses but they were arrested 14 days later and were handed over to US military forces.

"After 53 days in prison, the US troops were forced to release us as they conducted fruitless investigation and reviewed the film we had made," he said.

He added he has no information on the reasons behind his arrest and expressed satisfaction with measures adopted by the Iranian government and efforts made by Kar's family in the United States for release of the Iranian team.

Faraji said the team had faced no problems in making films in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran.

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