Russia, Iran to beef up relations
IRIB English News
Moscow, Oct 14 - Spokesman of Russia Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko said here Monday that Russia is determined to continue its nuclear cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Speaking to reporters, he said Russia supports the current cooperation between Tehran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
On the results of talks between Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Iranian officials, he described the outcome of negotiations at mutual and international level as 'positive'.
In conclusion, he underlined further expansion of cooperation between Iran and Russia at various fields. http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=190235&n=25
posted on 10/14/2003 12:44:25 AM PDT
by F14 Pilot
Iranian agent accused of killing Canadian freed on bail
Mon, 13 Oct 2003
TEHRAN - An Iranian judge Monday ordered an intelligence agent accused of murdering a Canadian photojournalist to be freed on bail, his lawyer said.
Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi will be freed Tuesday after posting about $50,000 Cdn bail.
Ahmadi pleaded not guilty when his trial opened last Tuesday. He is charged with "semi-premeditated murder" in the death of Zahra Kazemi, 54.
The Iranian-Canadian was detained after taking photos of Tehran's Evin prison. She died on July 10 from head injuries while in custody.
Ahmadi's lawyer, Ghasem Shabani, told The Associated Press the judge accepted the argument that his client should only be held in custody if charged with deliberate murder.
Shabani said he has been given a month to prepare a defence.
A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs says the department is waiting for confirmation of the report.
"We are following closely all aspects of this trial as it unfolds including procedural developments such as this one."
"In particular, we will be monitoring the conduct of the trial when it resumes and we reiterate the Canadian government's call to the Iranian authorities to ensure transparent and fair proceedings in this case."
The death led to a diplomatic row between Canada and Iran. Kazemi's Montreal-based son and the Canadian government called for the return of her body, but she was buried in Iran.
Canada threatened to impose sanctions and briefly withdrew its ambassador. He has since returned and is attending the trial. http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/10/13/kazemi_agent031013
posted on 10/14/2003 12:46:34 AM PDT
by F14 Pilot
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