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Iranian documentarian detained in London

TEHRAN, July 12 (Mehr News Agency) -- An Iranian filmmaker, who planned to shoot the continuation of his documentary on former shah of Iran Mohammadreza Pahlavi in London, was detained at Heathrow Airport on Monday.

Abdolhamid Arjmand was detained by police and was held in the custody of the London immigration office, an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Persian service of IRNA on Tuesday night.

Arjmand had traveled to England to resume shooting his documentary "The Last Days of the Shah's Life". Four weeks ago, he was also detained in Panama where he began making the documentary and was expelled.

Panamanian police had said that they detained Arjmand because he was filming the U.S. Embassy in the country.

"The Panamanian government also shared the information on the Iranian filmmaker with European countries, and it seems that the British government detained Arjmand based on the information," the source added.

Arjmand was scheduled to be deported to Iran on Tuesday night.

The shah left Iran on January 16, 1979, following the widespread uprisings that began in 1978. He traveled to Egypt, Morocco, The Bahamas, and Mexico before entering the United States on October 22, 1979 for treatment of lymphatic cancer.

Two weeks later, the U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized by Iranian students demanding the extradition of the shah. Extradition was refused and the shah left for Panama and then Cairo, where he was granted asylum by former president Anwar Sadat.

The shah died in Cairo on July 27, 1980.

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