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Renowned Iranian filmmaker Panahi released after arrest at cemetery gathering

AFP Report: Prominent Iranian film director Jafar Panahi was arrested at a cemetery where mourners gathered on Thursday to commemorate slain election protesters, a source close to the family said. "Panahi, his wife Tahereh Saeedi and daughter Solmaz were arrested today at Behesht-e Zahra," the source who declined to be named told AFP.

Iranian director Jafar Panahi

Press TV - Iran has released prominent filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was arrested during a memorial service for the victims of the recent post-election unrest in the country.

Panahi was arrested in the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on Thursday, when a group of people who had gathered for the memorial service clashed with the police.

"Panahi was detained as a result of a misunderstanding and he was released shortly after his arrest," a police official told IRNA on condition of anonymity.

The police used tear gas to break up supporters of defeated presidential candidates -- Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi -- who had gathered for the cemetery.

After the June 12 vote, Iran witnessed widespread protests as supporters of defeated presidential candidates Mousavi and Karroubi took to the streets to protest the number of votes read for incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

At least 20 people were killed and hundreds of others injured in the protests staged by supporters of the opposition which dismisses the official results of the election as "fraudulent" and calls for the annulment of the election.

Iranian authorities say foreign agents have fueled the post-vote violence which led to the deaths.

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