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  5/25/2014, Iyar 25, 5774

Director of Iranian 'Happy' Video Still Imprisoned


Tehran came under fire last week for arresting participants in an Iranian version of Pharrell Williams’ "Happy" video, and a media storm eventually saw the release of several participants, but at least one director remains imprisoned over the viral video - and under horrifying conditions. 

An anonymous source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Saturday that Sassan Soleimani, one of the video's directors, remains in Rajaee-Shahr Prison in Karaj - and is being deprived of sleep and other basic needs. While authorities had told Soleimani’s family that he could be released on bail, he remains imprisoned, with no word as to when or how he will be released, the source said.