DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES —
An Iranian filmmaker says an appeals court has sentenced him to a year in prison, reducing his initial sentence of six years over "insulting sanctities."
Keywan Karimi said on Monday that he is still to receive 223 lashes as stipulated in the original sentence. He says he plans to serve his time and has "no intention to leave the country."
Karimi is perhaps best known by international film critics for his 2013 black-and-white minimalist film, "The Adventure of the Married Couple." It played in some 40 film festivals, winning prizes in Spain and Colombia.
His sentencing comes amid a crackdown on expression in the Islamic Republic and a landmark deal with world powers over Iran's contested nuclear program. It also shows the power hard-liners still maintain in the country.