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دوشنبه ۱۵ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۲:۲۹ - ۵ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

HUMAN RIGHTS: Canada Recalls Tehran Envoy, Again


Candian ambassador in Tehran Philip Mackinnon was recalled on Sunday, again, after a criminal judge barred him from attending slain journalist Zahra Kazemi's death in custody trial. July 18, 2004 - Canada’s ambassador to Tehran Philip Mackinnon would return home, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said on Sunday, calling the abruptly ended trial in Tehran of an intelligence ministry official for killing Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi “flagrant denial of justice.” Ambassador Philip MacKinnon, his Dutch counterpart representing the European Union and senior diplomats from Britain and France - alongside foreign journalists - arrived at the courtroom on Sunday to find their access blocked. A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office confirmed that a British observer had attended the trial on Saturday but was denied entry on Sunday. She made no further comment. The judge said foreign diplomats and journalists were being barred to show the international community that Iran would not bow under pressure, the judge said on Sunday, according to Iranian reporters who were allowed inside the courtroom. Kazemi’s death in custody trial has strained Iran-Canada relations. Graham said last week that Canada was considering its options, including economic and trade sanctions against Iran and taking Iran to the International Court of Justice.
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