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Zahra Kazemi, Three Years Later

by Mike Fegelman

Kazemi_2 Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay today repeated Canada’s demand that Iran bring the murderers of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi to justice. Kazemi was arrested by Iranian authorities for taking pictures and died from a blow to the head in Iranian cutody three years ago today.

Meanwhile, frustrated that Canada hasn’t brought Iran before the International Court of Justice, Kazemi’s son Stephan Hachemi has launched a civil suit against Iran and several individuals, including Said Mortazavi, chief prosecutor for Tehran.

Last month, Mortazavi attended the inaugural session of the UN’s new human rights council as a member of the Iranian delegation.

The group Reporters Without Borders today called Mortazavi’s UN appearance "outrageous":

"Like the Canadian government and others, we were shocked to see Tehran chief prosecutor Said Mortazavi, who is alleged to have been directly involved in Kazemi’s death, attending the inaugural meeting of the UN human rights council on 19 June in Geneva. His presence there, just a few weeks before the anniversary of her death, was outrageous."

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