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  • Ottawa Pushes for Arrest of Iran Chief Prosecutor (Harper asked Germans to arrest Mortazavi)

    06/23/2006 6:29:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 718+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | Jun. 23 2006
    Ottawa pushes for arrest of Iran chief prosecutor Canadian Press Updated: Fri. Jun. 23 2006 GENEVA — Canada's diplomatic battle with Iran reached a new intensity Friday as the federal government said it is seeking the arrest of a senior Iranian official implicated in the death of a Canadian. The government wants charges brought against Iran's hardline chief prosecutor, who has been tied to the arrest of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian photojournalist tortured and killed in Tehran in 2003. Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Friday that the government asked German authorities this week to arrest Saeed Mortazavi if he stopped...
  • IRAN: MAN ACQUITTED FOR MURDER OF CANADIAN JOURNALIST

    11/16/2005 9:30:08 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 485+ views
    adnkronos ^ | November 16, 2005
    Tehran, 16 Nov. (AKI) - The sole defendant in the trial for the death of Canadian photo-reporter, Zahra Kazemi in Tehran in July 2003, has been acquitted by an appeals court. The court has absolved Reza Ahmadi, "because the inquiries carried out to date on other accused have not been satisfactory, it is not possible to condemn one of the co-defendants". Kazemi, 54, a Canadian of Iranian origin, was arrested in June 2003 after taking photos of demonstrations outside a Tehran prison. She died in a Tehran hospital on 10 July 2003 after falling into a coma, having received...
  • Iran says Ottawa trains terrorists

    10/01/2005 11:10:15 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 19 replies · 647+ views
    National Post ^ | October 1, 2005 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO - The Department of Foreign Affairs denied yesterday what it called the "baseless accusations" that Canada was behind a bombing campaign in the Iranian city of Ahwaz that left seven dead. As a heated war of words continued between Ottawa and Tehran, an Iranian prosecutor was quoted yesterday as saying that Canada had trained and supported bombers who struck the oil-rich city in June. "These accusations are totally without foundation," Marie-Christine Lilkoff, a Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, said in a written statement. "Canada does not support terrorism in any way in Iran or anywhere else. We have in fact taken...
  • Canada Freezes Most Iran Ties Over Woman's Death (photographer Zahra Kazemi)

    05/17/2005 6:20:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 600+ views
    reuters ^ | May 17, 2005
    Canada freezes most Iran ties over woman's death Tuesday, May 17, 2005 OTTAWA, May 17 (Reuters) - Canada froze most bilateral ties with Iran on Tuesday in protest against what it said was Tehran's refusal to properly investigate the death of a Canadian photographer. Zahra Kazemi died in July 2003 after she was arrested for taking photographs outside Tehran's Evin prison. Iran initially said she had been hit on the head during questioning but now says her death was an accident and has dismissed Ottawa's demands that her body be returned to Canada. "Effective immediately ... we will limit our...
  • The Truth About Zahra Kazemi - Setareh Kaviyan

    05/02/2005 11:25:23 PM PDT · by SadeghSaleh · 2 replies · 342+ views
    The Truth About Zahra Kazemi - Setareh Kaviyan An Iranian-Canadian journalist named Zahra Kazemi was beaten to death by the Islamic Republic’s State agents on July 10th 2003 for taking pictures outside the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. The regime denied requests from her family and the Canadian government to examine the body. They buried her hastily with no autopsy and claimed that she had fallen in her prison cell and died of injuries to her head. New developments have come to surface regarding Zahra Kazemi’s death with the arrival of Dr. Shahram Azam to Canada. Dr. Azam was...
  • Canada Slams Iran Over Trial of Alleged Killer

    07/25/2004 4:58:52 PM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 277+ views
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is not satisfied with an Iranian court's acquittal of the man accused of killing Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi and is mulling possible penalties against Tehran, Ottawa said on Sunday. Intelligence Ministry agent Mohammad Reza Aqdam was cleared of "semi-intentional murder" due to lack of evidence. Kazemi was arrested a year ago after taking photos of a Tehran prison and died from a blow to the head while in detention. Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew issued a statement saying he was dissatisfied by the way Kazemi's case had been handled. "This trial has done nothing to answer...
  • Iran may 'open' slain journalist trial

    07/17/2004 8:05:23 AM PDT · by Clive · 1 replies · 145+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2004-07-17 | Alexander Panetta
    OTTAWA (CP) - The federal government was checking a report Friday suggesting the Iranian trial into the beating death of a Canadian photojournalist will indeed be open to the public. An outraged Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham recalled the ambassador to Iran earlier this week after Iran barred Canadian observers from monitoring the Tehran trial into the killing of Zahra Kazemi. But a vaguely worded report out of Iran had federal officials wondering on the eve of Saturday's court hearing whether the trial would actually be a public event. "We're unclear about the exact meaning of this," said Foreign Affairs...
  • How Kazemi was Murdered (Canadian photojournalist in Iran)

    05/22/2004 6:37:01 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 212+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | May 22, 2004
    How Kazemi was Murdered May 22, 2004 The Ottawa Citizen Michael Petrou The murder of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran has been shrouded in denial and speculation -- until now. In exclusive interviews, other dissidents reveal what happened inside Tehran's notorious Evin prison last June. TEHRAN - Heshmatollah Tabarzadi will never forget Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi screaming in a nearby cell. Mr. Tabarzadi, an Iranian political dissident, was arrested last June on the same day as Ms. Kazemi and, like her, thrown in cellblock 209 of Tehran's Evin prison, where Ms. Kazemi would be detained, interrogated and eventually murdered....
  • Iranian Alert -- April 13, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/12/2004 9:00:25 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 24 replies · 1,902+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 12, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/11/2004 9:20:39 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 31 replies · 2,783+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 11, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/10/2004 11:52:46 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,508+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 10, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/09/2004 10:33:27 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 24 replies · 2,146+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Zahra Kazemi's Murder by Islamic Butcher Regime Revisited..

    02/16/2004 3:52:36 AM PST · by faludeh_shirazi · 162+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Feb 16, 2004 | Toronto Star
    <p>LONDON—Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi died after being beaten while in Iranian custody and prevented from receiving the medical help she desperately needed, says a BBC investigation into her death.</p> <p>Kazemi was admitted to hospital last June 27, after four days of being interrogated in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for taking pictures of a protest outside its gates.</p>
  • Mystery death highlights divisions in Iran

    02/15/2004 9:57:35 AM PST · by aculeus · 1 replies · 101+ views
    BBC News On Line ^ | February 13, 2004 | Jim Muir BBC correspondent, Tehran
    Zahra Kazemi returned to her Iranian homeland last summer after living for 30 years in France and Canada. As a photojournalist with a yen for tough places, she hoped to use Tehran as a base for lengthy assignments in neighbouring countries. But within a matter of weeks, she lay dead in a Tehran hospital. Who killed her, and why? That question was to trigger a major battle between Iran's feuding reformists and hard-liners. Zahra's death would cast a spotlight into some of the darker corners of the Islamic regime. The facts Zahra Kazemi was approached by guards outside Tehran's Evin...
  • Canada Lashes Out at Iran Over Death Probe

    12/28/2003 6:27:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 239+ views
    Canada Lashes Out at Iran Over Death Probe Reuters/ David Ljunggren August 27, 2003 /OTTAWA -- Canada complained angrily on Wednesday that Iran had not yet handed over a report into the violent death of a Canadian journalist in Tehran and repeated a threat to impose sanctions unless the matter was resolved to Ottawa's satisfaction. A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Bill Graham said Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi had met senior Canadian officials on Thursday to discuss the case of Zahra Kazemi, 54, but had no provided no new details. Mortazavi's office has charged two interrogators from the Intelligence Ministry...
  • Where Angels Fear To Tread [In Memory of Zahra Kazemi]

    12/03/2003 5:22:26 AM PST · by faludeh_shirazi · 1 replies · 115+ views
    Iran Va Jahan ^ | Dec 3, 2003 | an va Jahan Nicole Sadighi
    Where Angels Fear To TreadFree Iran at ActivistChat.com "Murder grief leaves scars on those left to survive It warps the strongest spirits and twists so many lives Murder grief is harder than any other grief to bear Because it's done by evil and the devil doesn't care Murder grief continues to tear apart your heart It stomps upon your feelings and breaks your life apart Murder grief . . ." (Susan's mother, Gertrude Bestor, was murdered 19/2/1995) Indeed these must be terribly dark days for Stephen Hachemi, where the word sympathy seems too insufficient to impart the feelings of condolences...
  • The Torture and Death of Canadian Photojournalist Zahra Kazemi...

    11/21/2003 11:23:32 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 2 replies · 138+ views
    The Torture and Death of Canadian Photojournalist Zahra Kazemi At The Hands of Iran's Judicial Authority Memri By: Ayelet Savyon 9.26.2003 On September 22, 2003, an agent of Iran's Intelligence Ministry was charged with the murder of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. Commenting on the arrest, a spokesman from the prosecutor's office said "The crime is attributed to one of the [Intelligence Ministry] interrogators," and added that no government body was involved. [1] Kazemi, of Iranian origin, was arrested on June 23, 2003 after photographing and interviewing relatives of detainees arrested during riots in Tehran. Subsequently, she was beaten to death...
  • Iran claims having arrested five over death of Canadian journalist in Iran

    11/02/2003 9:03:02 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 96+ views
    Iran claims having arrested five over death of Canadian journalist in Iran World News Jul 26, 2003 TEHRAN - Five people have been arrested in connection with the death in custody of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, the public prosecutor's office announced, student news agency Isna reported. The prosecutor's office issued a statement, quoted by Insa, which gave no details of the identities of those involved but stating they were being held in custody while the inquiry continues. Relations between Ottawa and Tehran have been at a low ebb since the death of Iranian-born Kazemi. She died in hospital on July...
  • Kazemi buried in Iran: reports

    11/02/2003 8:30:00 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 104+ views
    The Iranian Student Movement Up to the Minute Reports ^ | July 23, 2003 | Globe and Mail Update
    Kazemi buried in Iran: reports Globe and Mail Update POSTED AT 2:42 AM EDT Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2003 Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was buried in Iran Wednesday morning, the Agence-France Presse is reporting. AFP cites the Iranian state news agency, IRNA, as the source of the information. The burial took place in the southwestern city of Shiraz. The news comes two weeks after Ms. Kazemi's death, which followed her arrest for taking pictures of family members of political prisoners in Tehran. Iranian officials have since admitted that Ms. Kazemi was beaten and died from an injury to her skull.
  • Kazemi's case will test Iranian reformers: Graham

    11/01/2003 7:53:36 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 102+ views
    The Iranian Student Movement Up to the Minute Reports ^ | July 17, 2003 | JEFF SALLOT and INGRID PERITZ
    Kazemi's case will test Iranian reformers: Graham By JEFF SALLOT and INGRID PERITZ From Thursday's Globe and Mail Ottawa and Montreal — The Iranian government's admission that Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died of a skull fracture suffered while in custody provoked Canadian demands yesterday that those responsible be identified and prosecuted. "If crimes have been committed, we are demanding of the Iranian government to punish those who committed the crime, and we will push that case," Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said. "It's completely unacceptable that a journalist goes there to do professional work and be threatened that way," he told...
  • LEADER APPOINTED PROSECUTOR MORTAZAVI MURDERED ZAHRA KAZEMI

    11/01/2003 9:38:57 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 86+ views
    The Iranian Student Movement Up to the Minute Reports ^ | July 17, 2003 | Iran Press Service
    It is now becoming clear that the man who caused the death of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-born, Canadian photojournalist is Mr. Sa’id Mortazavi, promoted recently by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic as the Prosecutor of Tehran and the Islamic Revolution tribunal. Ms. Kazemi, 54, was detained on 23 June in front of the Evin prison and died in hospital on 11 July of what Iranian officials admitted Wednesday as brain hemorrhage due to "blows" received on her head during interrogations at the Intelligence Ministry. At first, Iranian authorities said the photographer died from a brain...
  • BRUTALISED IRANIAN-CANADIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST DIED IN HOSPITAL

    10/30/2003 5:53:30 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 2 replies · 122+ views
    The Iranian Student Movement Up to the Minute Reports ^ | July 12, 2003 | Iran Press Service
    BRUTALISED IRANIAN-CANADIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST DIED IN HOSPITAL ROME 12 July (IPS) The Association of Iranian Journalists Abroad (AIJA), in a fax to the leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, protested vigorously to the death of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-born Canadian photo-journalist. Ms. Kazemi, 54, a free lance photographer covering for the Montreal-based "Recto Verso" and the London-based "Camera Press Agency", had been arrested on 23 June in Tehran while taking pictures near the notorious Evin prison and taken to an undisclosed prison, where, according to informed sources, she had been beaten to death, accused of espionage. Confirming the...
  • Canadian-Iranian Photojournalist Zahra Kazemi

    10/30/2003 6:30:03 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi
  • Journalist held in Iran brain-dead, son says

    10/29/2003 5:02:41 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 2 replies · 96+ views
    A Montreal photojournalist of Iranian origin, who was detained in Tehran last month on suspicion of being a spy, is brain-dead and not in a coma, her son Stephan Hachemi said yesterday. The family of Zahra Kazemi, 53, had said earlier she was beaten into a coma following her arrest while taking photographs of Evin prison in the northern part of Tehran on or about June 23. Hachemi had said Kazemi spoke with her mother in Iran to inform her of the arrest. "There was a misunderstanding," he said yesterday. "She did not talk with my grandmother after her arrest;...
  • Iran Drops Charges in Journalist's Death

    09/01/2003 6:04:20 PM PDT · by witnesstothefall · 1 replies · 142+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Sept. 1, 2003
    Tehran Prosecution Office Rejects Indictment Against Agents Charged in Photographer's Death TEHRAN, Iran — Tehran's prosecution office on Monday rejected charges issued last month against two Intelligence Ministry agents over the killing of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, according to a statement released by the office. The statement said Tehran's deputy prosecutor general, Jafar Reshadati, returned the Aug. 25 indictments against the agents and called for "further investigations" into the charges. An independent judge charged the agents with complicity in photojournalist Zahra Kazemi's "semi-premeditated murder." She died July 10 after sustaining head injuries while in custody.
  • Tehran to brief Ottawa on Kazemi's death [mullahs accuse patsies, but the prosecutor did it!]

    08/27/2003 9:01:20 AM PDT · by Stultis · 9 replies · 356+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | 27 August 2003 | Michael Friscolanti, with files from Tom Blackwell
    Tehran to brief Ottawa on Kazemi's death Photojournalist's murder causes rift among Iran's leaders   Michael Friscolanti, with files from Tom Blackwell National Post CREDIT: CanWest News Service   A self-portrait of the late Zahra Kazemi is part of an exhibit of her work at a Montreal gallery.   Iranian officials are expected to brief the Canadian government this morning about major developments in the case of Zahra Kazemi, including details about the two women ordered to stand trial for beating the Montreal photojournalist to death.The meeting, scheduled to occur at the Canadian embassy in Tehran, comes one day after Iran...
  • IRAN: Iranian VP Says Journalist Was Murdered

    07/30/2003 11:45:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 132+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | July 30, 2003 at 10:14:34 PDT | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian-Canadian journalist who died in police custody this month was murdered, Iran's vice president said Wednesday in the first official admission that Zahra Kazemi was beaten to death. Earlier government statements, including a report from a presidential committee, had acknowledged that the 54-year-old Kazemi died July 10 from head injuries, but suggested it could have been an accident. "The murder was caused by brain hemorrhage due to a blow inflicted on her," Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. The presidential committee, while shying from calling the death intentional, had previously...
  • Iran points to journalist 'murder'

    07/30/2003 5:55:17 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 111+ views
    BBC ^ | 07/30/03 | BBC
    Iran points to journalist 'murder' Iran's Vice-President, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, has said Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in custody in Iran, was probably murdered. The Iranian authorities have already said the journalist was beaten to death after being arrested for taking photographs outside a prison in Tehran, but these latest comments appear to go further. Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Mr Abtahi said: "The high possibility is that her murder was caused by a haemorrhage caused by a blow." The development comes as an Iranian newspaper reported the mother of Ms Kazemi as saying she had been...
  • Time For Canada To Disengage From Iran

    07/28/2003 9:44:14 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 118+ views
    http://www.iranvajahan.com/ ^ | 7/28/03 | Owen Rathbone
    Time for Canada to Disengage From Iran By Owen Rathbone on 07/28/03 Although the Iranian people have demonstrated by the thousands in past weeks for greater democracy and an end to clerical rule in their country, their plight has largely gone unreported in the Western media. The United States, in its resolve to bring terrorists to heel in the Middle East, has stood virtually alone in condemning the gross human rights violations of Iranians at the hands of the mullahs and their extremist supporters. Given the world’s silence, it is not surprising that the Muslim clerics have brutally clamped down...
  • Get Tough With Tehran (Canada's righteous rage will bring the mad mullahs to heel, eh?)

    07/26/2003 4:03:25 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 122+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | July 25, 2003 | Editorial
    Pulling Canada's ambassador from Iran, as Prime Minister Jean Chretien has done, should be but the kickoff in a spirited campaign to draw global attention to the fatal injury suffered by a Canadian photojournalist in gravely suspicious circumstances in a Tehran prison. Ottawa should also lobby for a United Nations probe of Zahra Kazemi's death, and press for the return of her remains. Nor should we be put off by Tehran's allegation yesterday that Vancouver police "criminally" killed an Iranian earlier this month. Keyvan Tabesh was shot brandishing a machete at police. Kazemi suffered a fatal blow to the head...
  • 3 women all died seeking freedom

    07/26/2003 12:51:30 PM PDT · by freeforall · 1 replies · 194+ views
    The London Free Press (Canada) ^ | july 27 2003 | SALIM MANSUR
    2003-07-23 3 women all died seeking freedom SALIM MANSUR, For the London Free Press In a world full of mayhem, the deaths of three Iranian women about the same time touched the hearts of millions everywhere in our global village. The 54-year old Zahra Kazemi, a Montrealer and a Canadian citizen of Iranian birth, died in a Tehran hospital. The 29-year old Bijani sisters, Laleh and Ladan, died on an operating table in a Singapore hospital, thousands of kilometres away from their home in Iran. A common thread binds these three women's lives in death with those around the world...
  • Iran Accuses Canadian Police of Killing Iranian

    07/24/2003 3:40:06 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 24, 2003
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran accused Canadian police on Thursday of the "criminal" killing of an Iranian, ratcheting up a diplomatic dispute that began with the death in Iranian custody of a Canadian journalist this month. Iranian state media said Canadian police in Vancouver had attacked three young Iranians, killing one and injuring one of the others. It identified the dead man as Keyvan Tabesh and demanded those responsible be brought to justice. Iran and Canada are at odds over Zahra Kazemi, 54, a Canadian photojournalist of Iranian descent who died in Tehran after suffering a severe blow to the head...
  • Canadian buried in Iran against Ottawa's wishes

    07/23/2003 1:57:42 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 110+ views
    The Times of India ^ | July 23 2003 | Reuters
    TEHRAN: A Canadian journalist who died in custody in Tehran was buried in her birthplace in southern Iran on Wednesday against the wishes of her son and the Canadian government who wanted her body to be returned to Canada. Zahra Kazemi, 54, a photojournalist of Iranian descent living in Canada, died on July 10, more than two weeks after she was arrested for taking pictures outside a prison in Tehran. A government inquiry into her death said she had died of a brain haemorrhage caused by a severe blow to the head. But despite calls from the European Union and...
  • Will CNN Never Learn? [CNN sucks up to Iranian butchers]

    07/23/2003 9:59:34 AM PDT · by zook · 6 replies · 165+ views
    Iran va Jahan (and Andrew Sullivan) ^ | July 20, 2003 | Gary Metz
    Will CNN Never Learn? July 20, 2003 Iran va Jahan Gary Metz Repeating their Iraqi mistakes in Iran. It appears CNN is once again in the business of burying news stories when their reports might embarrass their host country. If it were not for a student from Iran I might not have heard of this report. Fortunately the world of the Internet makes it increasingly difficult for stories to remain hidden from the public. The story I am referring to was published on gooya.com and while written in Persian it is available on the net. I contacted CNN for a...
  • Kazemi beaten on head with shoe by Iranian official: French newspaper

    07/17/2003 1:53:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies · 264+ views
    myTELUS ^ | July 17 2003
    MONTREAL (CP) - A Montreal-based photo journalist who died of a fractured skull in an Iranian hospital was beaten about the head with a shoe by a high-ranking Iranian official, the French newspaper Liberation reported Thursday. The newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said Said Mortazavi, an official with the ruling Islamic government in Tehran, used his shoe to deliver the blows to Zahra Kazemi. He had apparently been questioning Kazemi, who had been arrested for taking pictures of an Iranian prison. Kazemi fell into a coma and was transported to a detention centre run by revolutionary guards before she was taken...
  • It's time Ottawa switched sides

    07/17/2003 9:27:36 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 7 replies · 134+ views
    The National Post ^ | July 17, 2003 | David Warren
    The story is straightforward: Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian photographer of Iranian origin, went home to Iran, took pictures, got arrested, and was beaten to death. So why all the fuss? Iranians get beaten to death every day, and the victims of the regime have included not only talented female photographers, but many of Iran's most gifted writers and artists and thinkers. It is a mere accident that Ms. Kazemi had a Canadian passport, and they had not. Can such a document mean anything? I wish it did, but it doesn't. As long-time Canadian travellers know, if you get into trouble...
  • 'Brain attack' -- or murder?

    07/16/2003 1:06:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 161+ views
    National Post ^ | July 16 2003
    Until late last week, Bill Sampson was Canada's best-known human rights victim. Arrested in Saudi Arabia in late 2000 for his alleged role in two bombings, Mr. Sampson has spent the past two-and-a-half years in prison. Although the Saudis have not yet released any evidence linking him to the crimes, he was found guilty by secret trial last year and sentenced to death. Our government was not even informed of the verdict until several months later. That followed what appeared to be a forced confession on Saudi television in 2001, and allegations of torture. Now it appears another Canadian may...
  • Iran - Canadian journalist 'beaten to death'

    07/16/2003 11:24:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 248+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 16, 2003
    Iran has acknowledged that a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist was beaten to death after her arrest outside a prison in Tehran. Vice President Ali Abtahi said Zahra Kazemi died "of a brain haemorrhage resulting from beatings". Ms Kazemi, 54, was detained on 23 June for taking pictures of Tehran's Evin prison. She was later pronounced dead after falling into a coma But officials in Tehran are still refusing to allow Canada to conduct its own investigation into the photographer's death. "We are knowledgeable enough to examine the body and find out the cause of her death, so we will not allow...
  • Montrealer in Iran declared brain-dead

    07/11/2003 7:12:52 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 19 replies · 135+ views
    The National Post ^ | July 11, 2003 | Staff
    Zahra Kazemi, a Montreal-based photojournalist arrested in Iran and allegedly beaten by police interrogators, has been declared brain-dead. Doctors in Tehran told Canadian consular officials yesterday that Ms. Kazemi has all but succumbed to the brain hemorrhage she mysteriously suffered while in the custody of Iranian authorities. The news that his mother will never again wake up came as a harsh blow to Ms. Kazemi's son, who has barely slept since learning of her arrest on Monday. ''The words brain-dead, they talk for themselves,'' Stephan Hachemi said yesterday from his home in Montreal. ''She's in a terrible state.'' The news...