Iran General NewsNew allegations prove Iran 'wrong' over murdered journalist: Canada

New allegations prove Iran ‘wrong’ over murdered journalist: Canada

-

AFP: Canada on Monday said new allegations about the violent death of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi in detention in Tehran, disproved the Islamic Republic’s denials that she was murdered. Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said that Canada had helped Iranian doctor Shahram Azam, who last week claimed Kazemi was tortured and raped, obtain asylum here to debunk Iranian government claims on the case. AFP

OTTAWA – Canada on Monday said new allegations about the violent death of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi in detention in Tehran, disproved the Islamic Republic’s denials that she was murdered.

Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said that Canada had helped Iranian doctor Shahram Azam, who last week claimed Kazemi was tortured and raped, obtain asylum here to debunk Iranian government claims on the case.

“Iran’s position is unacceptable,” Pettigrew told the House of Commons.

“Iran is in the wrong, it was murder, and that is why we brought the doctor here, to clearly show the facts.”

“We have been saying for two years what Doctor Azam has just said, and if we helped him to come to Canada, it was to show the world that Canada deserves support in its crusade against Iran’s disrespect for human rights.”

Iranian authorities have consistently argued that Kazemi died after a fall in jail and was not murdered.

Azam last week held a press conference to provide what he said were details of Kazemi’s condition, gleaned while he was a major in the Iranian army and working in an emergency room at a Tehran military hospital.

The photojournalist was unconscious when she was brought into hospital and had injuries consistent with torture, including broken fingers, evidence of rape, missing fingers and genital damage, he said.

Iran hit back on Saturday, branding the charges “baseless and completely false” and denied that anyone named Shahram Azam ever worked in the hospital.

Kazemi, 54, was arrested taking photos of a demonstration in front of a prison in north Tehran. The photographer, who had Iranian-Canadian dual nationality, died in detention ten days later in July 2003, victim of a cerebral haemorrhage.

Iran acknowledged that Kazemi had been beaten violently in prison, but last year, the only suspect — an intelligence agent — was discharged and authorities have classified the case as an accident.

Iran’s stance on the Kazemi case has severely damaged ties between Ottawa and Tehran.

Latest news

The Role of Students and Universities in Iran’s Nationwide Uprising

In the national uprising of the people of Iran, which started in mid-September this year, the students played a...

Snapback Sanctions, a Must Response to Iran’s Human Rights Abuse and JCPOA Violations

The protests in Iran have been going on for more than two months, even though the regime is cracking...

Growing Disintegration Among Iran Regime’s Forces

Iran has been shaken by a wave of nationwide protests since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the...

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Must read

Draft Iran resolution would restrict students

New York Times: The United States and three European...

Three young men hanged in public in Iran

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 21 – Iranian authorities...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you