جمعه ۱۹ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۴:۳۰ - ۹ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
A spokesman for the Khatami cabinet said today that intelligence ministry was capable and ready to help the judiciary find the main perpetrators in Canadian-Iran journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody case. July 26, 2004 - The intelligence ministry is ready, if the judiciary allows it and wants a full and transparent investigation, ... to take measures to identify the truth about this issue," government spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh said on Sunday, offering government’s help in finding the killers of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. “We hope the Intelligence Ministry's request is accepted," he said.
He said he believed the intelligence ministry was in a position to identify the real perpetrators.
A criminal court in Tehran last Sunday acquitted an intelligence ministry agent of involvement in the killing. He had been charged with semi-involuntary manslaughter. The judge ended the trial last week abruptly on the second day, after lawyers for the victim’s family and the defendant said the only man accused in the case was a scapegoat sheltering higher officials.
The case has placed human rights abuses and the judicial process in Iran under intense international scrutiny and strained Iran's ties with Canada which has withdrawn its ambassador and is considering further sanctions against Tehran, Reuters said in a dispatch from Tehran.