The tape[ edit ] The tape graphically depicts twenty minutes of sex between a woman and a man in a small room with a narrow bed. Neither of the suspects were named by the Islamic Republic News Agency , the state-run news agency in Tehran. It has seen wide distribution on DVD and over the internet in Iran. X be stoned to death. One of them, Journey to Hidalou was reviewed for compliance with Islamic law by Javad Shamaqdari , Iran's deputy culture minister for film.
He said that the film was a good one, but could not be released with Ebrahimi in it, and suggested that her scenes be re-shot with a different actress. The film's director, Mojataba Raei, has reportedly refused to re-shoot Ebrahimi's scenes.
The worry that something may have happened to her grew worse when she was forbidden from speaking in public by the Iranian authorities. Simpson murder case had been in the United States, acting as a lightning rod for people to talk about changing attitudes toward sexuality and state authority in private life.
In an interview with the Guardian UK , she said, "I watched the film after I heard about the fuss from colleagues and the girl in it is not me. I admit there are some similarities to the character I played in Narges. It is possible to use studio make-up to have a person look like me.
I have some knowledge of montage techniques and I know you can create a new face by distorting the features of another person. X", who was believed to have been the one to disseminate it to the public, albeit accidentally, initially fled the country, taking up residence in Armenia.
After Iranian investigators requested he be arrested,  the man was apprehended and extradited shortly afterwards. Under the precepts of Shi'a Islam , sex during temporary marriage is permitted. X" was tried and imprisoned. An Iranian judiciary official was quoted as saying: If so, it is going to be dealt with as a case of corruption and prostitution. Under Iranian law, film and video footage must be supported by additional evidence or a confession.
A woman found guilty of having sex outside marriage can face a penalty of up to 99 lashes with a leather strap. To become law, the bill still required the approval of Iran's Guardian Council. In , news outlets began reporting the arrest of suspects under this law, so presumably it has been approved.
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