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Tehran, 19 May (AKI) - The spokesperson for Iran's judiciary has announced a new round of court proceedings in July over the violent death of Zahra Kazemi. Kazemi, a 54-year-old Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist, was arrested in June 2003 after taking photos of demonstrations outside a Tehran prison. She died at the Baghiollah military hospital in Tehran two weeks later on 11 July 2003 after falling into a coma, having received head injuries during more than three days of interrogation.

The name of the officer who gave photos and x-rays of the victim to the Canadian embassy has also been revealed. Hadi Sepehrlou, a lieutenant who was working at the Baghiollah military hospital, was arrested soon after he spoke to the Canadian diplomats. The photos and x-rays taken during Kazemi's period at the hospital, are believed to document the torture and violence inflicted on her during her interrogation. Following Sepehrlou's arrest, the government of Ottawa has reduced its contact with Iran.

The Canadian foreign minister Pierre Pettigrew said that until Iran agrees to an international investigation of Kazemi's death, Canada will cut off contact with Iran in all but three areas: the Kazemi case, Iran's human rights record and nuclear non-proliferation.

The Canadian government and the many international human rights organisations, have expressed concern over the fate of lieutenant Sepehrlou, who could be charged with spying and condemned to death.


8 posted on 05/19/2005 8:49:16 AM PDT by persiandissident (Free The People, Please)
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"The spokesperson for Iran's judiciary has announced a new round of court proceedings in July over the violent death of Zahra Kazemi."

"The name of the officer who gave photos and x-rays of the victim to the Canadian embassy has also been revealed. Hadi Sepehrlou, a lieutenant who was working at the Baghiollah military hospital, was arrested soon after he spoke to the Canadian diplomats."

Does this strike anyone as funny (in a sick way)? They arrest the guy forcing them to have the new court proceedings. lol. Not these proceedings are anything more than just 'show'.
Maybe the regime will charge his family for court costs?



9 posted on 05/19/2005 9:46:00 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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