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Mostafa Azizi, Toronto-based filmmaker, held in Iranian prison

03/29/2015 07:21 EDT | Updated 05/29/2015 05:59 EDT
A Toronto-based filmmaker is being held in a notorious Iranian prison, after his family says he was arrested shortly after returning to his home country.

Mostafa Azizi, 52, had been a permanent resident in Canada for several years before deciding to return to Iran in January.

Soon after he arrived, Azizi was arrested. He is being held in Tehran's Evin prison.

Azizi has been charged with insulting Iran’s supreme leader and spreading propaganda against the Islamic establishment.

His son Arash told CBC News that the specific allegations against his father are unclear, but he said they appear to do with things Azizi posted to social media.

His father was put in solitary confinement for more than two weeks, but his son said Azizi is now in the general population.

Azizi awaits a trial scheduled to take place in June.

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