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HUMAN RIGHTS: Iranian Envoy Calls Canada’s Recall of Ambassador “Not Helpful”
Iran's envoy to Ottawa called Canada’s decision to recall its Tehran ambassador “not helpful.” Canadian foreign affairs minister said on Wednesday that in addition to the ambassador’s recall, his government was considering economic sanctions and other actions in response to the Islamic government’s judiciary to allow Canadian observers attend the trial of an intelligence ministry official in slain journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody trial. June 16, 2004 - “I think this is not a helpful approach,” the Islamic government’s ambassador to Ottawa Mohammad-Ali Mousavi said on Thursday in reaction to Canada’s recall of its ambassador from Tehran over Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said on Wednesday that the move was a reaction to Iran’s refusal to let three Canadian diplomats observe the trial of an intelligence ministry agent Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi who has been charged with “semi-involuntary manslaughter” in Kazemi’s death. Graham added that Canada was considering other options, including taking Iran to the International Court of Justice.
In an interview with Canada’s CTV, Mousavi said the Islamic government, as a sovereign state was no obligated to let foreign observers in a trial that he described as “a domestic issue.” He added, “Based on Iran's rule, it has become within the jurisdiction and decision of the independent judge” to hold the trial without the presence of foreign observers.
He said, however, that the court’s impartiality and the trial’s transparency would not be affected by the absence of Canadian diplomats. “I think transparency of the court should not be only evaluated based on accepting foreign observers or not," he said.
Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died last July of fractured skull and brain hemorrhage from blows she suffered to her head during an interrogation in Tehran’s Evin prison, according to the findings of a presidential investigative committee announced in Tehran a month after her death . Kazemi had been arrested for taking pictures of prisoners’ families gathered outside the prison.
Tehran lawyer Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi will represent Kazemi’s family in the trial, due to start on Saturday.
Kazemi's son Stephan Hachemi said Wednesday he was frustrated that he and his lawyers have been unable to obtain documents or evidence explaining what happened to his mother. He said “Bascially we got nothing,” adding that in his view and the view of his family’s lawyers and human rights organization, the accused is only a scapegoat protecting higher officials.
“This masquerade is going to point to scapegoats," Hachemi said. "They're going to be condemned to pay some blood money.” He added that he expects the “show trial” to end in a symbolic punishment for the accused.