پنجشنبه ۳۰ شهریور ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۹:۰۷
Iran rejects Canadian demands regarding photojournalist's death
Iran's judiciary has rejected Canada's latest demands in the case of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who died in custody in Tehran. Canada's foreign minister (Pierre Pettigrew) last week asked that the remains of Zahra Kazemi be handed over for an examination by an international team of forensic scientists. He also demanded an independent and international judicial inquiry of her death in July 2003, several days after being arrested for taking photos of a demonstration outside a prison.
But a spokesman for Iran's judges, Jamal Karimi-Rad, told reporters today that the autopsy demand does not comply with Iranian laws. And he said "Iran's judiciary is competent to carry out the investigation," which he said is ongoing.
Karimi-Rad also rejected recent claims of a doctor who said he had examined Kazemi in a hospital and said her body bore injuries consistent with torture and rape.
Hard-line authorities said Kazemi died of a stroke. But a commission appointed by Iran's president found Kazemi died because her skull was fractured by the impact of a hard object.