دوشنبه ۳۰ بهمن ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۳:۵۲
New Hearing over Photographer's Death in Iran
A Tehran court held a new appeal hearing today over the murder in custody two years ago of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi. The foreign media was not admitted to the courtroom. The last hearing in May wrapped up in less an hour after the judge kicked out reporters and refused to hear arguments from family lawyers.
In July 2004 a Tehran court acquitted an intelligence agent (Mohammad Reza Ahmadi Aqdam) of the murder. He was accused of giving the journalist a mortal blow to the head.
Iran's ISNA students' news agency quoted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, the Kazemi family's main lawyer, as telling a revision court hearing today in Tehran that Kazemi was deliberately killed.
Ebadi accused the judiciary of having wiped out the evidence and blocked further investigations by ordering Kazemi's swift burial.
Kazemi, who was 54, died in custody in Tehran in July 2003 after being arrested for photographing a demonstration outside a Tehran prison.
Family lawyers have accused the judiciary of a cover-up, a charge backed by the Canadian government. They demand an impartial court retry the case.