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Canadian Government Pulls Out Of Iran Conference over Kazemi Case
The Canadian government has withdrawn from a conference aimed at promoting trade with Iran in protest over the case of Canadian-Iranian photographer Zahra Kazemi, who died in Iran in July 2003 after being detained following taking pictures outside an Iranian prison (Evin). The "Doing Business in Iran" conference, to open next Wednesday in Montreal, is aimed at bringing together Iranian and Canadian importers and exporters.
Officials of Canada's Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday that the government has decided not to participate in the conference in light of new details about the Kazemi case.
This in apparent reference to recent statements by a doctor who said he treated Kazemi that he believed that injuries to the 54-year-old woman had been caused by torture and rape. The doctor has left Iran and received political asylum in Canada.
Iranian authorities say Kazemi died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall.