The Kiss of Cannes: Famed Iranian Actress Faces Criminal Charge And Potential 50 Lashes For Accepting Kiss From President of Film Festival

220px-Leila_Hatami_Cannes_2013300px-Fomfr_whipWe have yet another example of the perversity of justice under Sharia law. The latest case comes out of Iran where university students have filed a criminal complaint against famed actress Leila Hatami, who recently starred in the Oscar-winning film, A Separation. Some Iranians were outraged when Hatami accepted a customary peck on the cheek from Gilles Jacob, the President of Cannes Festival, as she arrived at Cannes Film Festival to serve as a member of the prestigious jury. Not only is such a sign of affection a crime in the Islamic Republic but (gasp) Hatami was wearing a head scarf that did not entirely cover her hair from being seen by men. She is now subject to jail and flogging under article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice. The Sharia law calls for 50 lashes.

One would think that a nation like Iran would be overwhelmed with pride at the success of a citizen on the international stage. Hatami is one of just five women members on the Palme d’Or prize jury. However, in a country where women are segregated and flogged in the name of Islamic morality, many view Hatami with disgust and anger. That includes the Hizbullah Students, a group of university students with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that first brought the criminal complaint. They are demanding that Hatami be flogged.

The petition, supported by many officials and citizens, declared “We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leyla Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence. Furthermore, the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.”

Hatami has been denounced in the media as committing a “an affront to the chastity of women in Iran” and Hossein Nushabadi, Iran’s deputy minister of culture, declared Hatami to be in open “violation of religious beliefs.” He went on to say that she had disgraced the nation and the faith by such an immoral act and that, unlike Hatami, “Iranian woman is the symbol of chastity and innocence.” And of course Iranian courts are the symbol of cruelty and ignorance.

Source: Telegraph

125 thoughts on “The Kiss of Cannes: Famed Iranian Actress Faces Criminal Charge And Potential 50 Lashes For Accepting Kiss From President of Film Festival”

  1. so true, so true… the worst thing is that it has given the rest of the world the Terrorism Pass Card, stamped true by no less than the moral leader of the world. Anyone can do anything under the guise of stamping out terrorism.

  2. po

    Too many first create and then fall victim to the boogieman. I think that’s what we did after 9ll.

    So now we are stuck with the Patriot Act (the very name gags me) and the NSA.

    Maybe we would have been better served to do as the Brits did under the blitz…

    Keep Calm and Carry On

    Instead we were told to get duct tape and plastic and watch for rising alarm lights.

  3. I know.

    That’s why I must continue to fight this case;
    because – believing they can do so without regret – fosters more evil.

    There’s no greater manifest injustice;
    than that done at the hands of public servants despotic.

  4. My error in eToys; was believing in (some) purity in the federal system of justice. They were scheming, prior to my arrival, to sell eToys to Bain/Kay Bee (when Romney – WAS – the CEO of Bain Capital), for a paltry $5.4 million.

    It was my naivete that led me to believe getting back $50 million, instead of $5.4 million; would make everyone joyous to give me my $3.7 million.

    I never believed that everyone around, including the United States Trustee’s agents/agency, could lie to a chief federal justice (and get away with it).

    Of course, it helps, when the particular chief justice is also willfully blind too.

    Someone, behind the scenes, is trying to help me; and placed a Transcript from a 2009 hearing into the record. Thought the record doesn’t reflect such, I hung up the phone on Her Honor, in a very upset, disrespectful to the court , manner (though – arguably – just due to the particular patriarch).

    Here’s verbatim, the excerpts of conversation of that Transcript of the March 2009 hearing where the court (in essence) rules that I don’t have the court’s permission to inform it about the ongoing frauds.

    Judge ordered that only my counsel can bring the issues to court.

    This is a disingenuous argument; because my court approved counsel is the party who submitted a forgery to the court stating “Mr. Haas waived his $3.7 million in fees & expenses” (doing so after said counsel {MNAT} had already confessed lying under oath 15 times – via Bankruptcy Rule 2014/2016 Affidavits).

    My (CLI) contracts – also guarantee legal fees.

    Opponents have confessed to “intentional” leaving lies stand before the court.

    MNAT is also Romney, Bain and Goldman Sachs attorney
    (named defendants in my case).

    If you’ll look at the last few pages of the Transcript, I inform the judge about another $100 million in fraud; but the court refuses to hear about it.

    Yours truly = “So your (Honor) [is] going to permit fraud on the Court to continue under a technicality to get the person out of the way when the people that admitted to you they supplicated false affidavits. MNAT (debtor’s counsel) has picked Traub (Creditor’s counsel who has worked with Romney for 20 years) to handle the New York and half the cases under seal. [?]

    Court – “Mr. Haas, I’m not going to hear you”

    (Then my {former} court approved counsel {MNAT Werkheiser} lies directly to the judge and I attempt to point it out; but the court ignores my pleas).

    That’s when the court concludes with the quote of the century (in an age where judges are complaining they’re overworked and underpaid)

    Court – “All right. Then I have nothing else but to go back to Tweeter

    1. It is not uncommon for the Feds to lie to the courts. We have just seen several cases of this happen.

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