Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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Not Surprisingly, Another Conflicting Reports On Damage to Persepolis, Authority
13 March 2007
by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- Late in December a filming team inflicted damage to the bas
relief of Persepolis which some experts contend is irreparable.
According to Persian service of ISNA, director of Parse Pasargadae Research
Foundation Mohammad Hassan Talebian had said at that time that expectations from
members of the cultural community was higher and henceforth the procedure for
issuing filming permits will be more strict. Thus, all members of filming teams
should go through security checks and the process will also prolong the tasks
and make the job of the security staff more difficult.
Meanwhile, a legal expert referred to Article 558 of the Islamic Regime Penal
Code and said that anybody who damages a part of the entirety of a monument will
be sentenced to one to ten years of imprisonment, in addition to paying the
damages. Now after a lapse of several months, another film crew did the same
However, head of Fars province Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism
Department (ICHTO) have fasley claimed that everything is 'under control and in fact nothing has
happened and the issue is being exaggerated by some'.
Mohammad Reza Barzegar further said that he had assigned a group to investigate
the case and they reported there nothing to worry about. Commenting on the
issuance of filming permit for the crew, he said, “The group had obtained a
permit from the ICHTO and we could not reject it.“
is while the experts' report shows the substance was made of chemicals, and its
effect will remain even if the stain is removed.
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