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Iran Culture Minister sends condolence message to Zahra Kaezmi's family

A written condolence message issued by minister of culture and Islamic Guidance was delivered to the bereaved family of the deceased Canadian photo journalist of Iranian origin, Zahra Kazemi on Monday evening here in Shiraz, IRNA reported.

Ahmad Masjed-Jameie has in his message, that was delivered by the Managing Director of the Fars Province Culture and Islamic Guidance Head Office Dr. Mohammad-Hossein Homafar, while expressing deep sorrow over the death of Kazemi, stressed, "The issue will definitely be thoroughly surveyed, and its roots will be revealed."

Masjed-Jameie's message reads, "The news on the death of the esteemed photo journalist Zahra Kazemi was sad and shocking for me and my colleagues. Therefore, while expressing sympathy with you and the reporters' society on the sad occasion and wishing you patience on her sad decease, I hereby assure you that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, according to its duties, will pursue the issue till full clarification of the causes of this sad event."

Deceased reporter, Zahra Kazemi's family, too, thanked the culture minister for his condolence message and his promise to see into the matter carefully, and the president for issuing an order in the same respect.

The Culture and Islamic Guidance managing director of the Fars province, along with his deputies, attended Kazemi's house on Monday afternoon to deliver the culture minister's condolence message to her family, and to sympathize with them on the sad event.

Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, 54, died while she was in Baqiyatollah Hospital of Tehran where she was being taken care of, since June 23, when she was arrested while taking photos around Tehran's Evin Prison.

Her death was announced on Friday, and the cause of death was announced to be "a brain stroke."

She had immigrated to Canada ten years ago, and was working for Canadian magazine.

President Seyed Mohammad Khatami on Sunday expressed "regret and concern" at Kazemi's death, and ordered the government to launch "a rapid and comprehensive investigation to clarify ambiguities" about the incident.

Kazemi's body was reportedly to be taken to the south-western city of Shiraz -- her birthplace -- to be buried, upon her mother's request.

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