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Iran: IRNA director summoned to court for interviews on Kazemi's death

Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Abdollah Nasseri has been summoned to the court to answer questions on certain printed interviews on the death of Zahra Kazemi, IRNA reported from Tehran on Tuesday, quoting the local press.

The Persian-language daily 'Iran' reported that Nasseri had been summoned as respondent to the Branch Three of the Special Disciplinary Court for State Staff in connection with IRNA interviews on Kazemi's death that 'Iran' had published.

The court had earlier on Sunday summoned 'Iran' publisher Abdorrasoul Vesal to answer a complaint by the public prosecutor for the interviews as well as a news report about the dissatisfaction of the Information Ministry with the follow-up process of Kazemi's case.

The prosecutor's complaint was about IRNA interviews with MP Mohsen Armin and journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin on Kazemi's death.

Kazemi, a 54-year-old photojournalist who was working for Canada's Camera Press journal, died from brain hemorrhage in a Tehran hospital on July 11.

She had been arrested while taking photo from Evin prison compound on June 23, but was transferred to hospital three days later after complaining of poor health during interrogation.

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