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Not Surprisingly, Another Conflicting Reports On Damage to Persepolis, Authority vs Exports


13 March 2007




Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav


LONDON, (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 with Persepolis.

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.“


This 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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