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Iran Parliament commission says tried to meet Kazemi before her death

Majlis (Iranian parliament) Article 90 Commission announced on Wednesday that it had tried to meet the deceased photojournalist Zahra Kazemi before she died, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Rapporteur of the commission Jamileh Kadivar told IRNA that Kazemi's family in a letter to the commission had voiced concern about her status and had stressed that they have no hope in Kazemi's chances to stay alive.

"Mr. Behzad Nabavi [a member of the commission and a deputy from Tehran] had accordingly called on the commission to follow up the issue and verify the contents of the letter.

"The Chairman of the commission Hossein Ansari-Rad thus wrote a letter to the head of Tehran Justice Department Abbas-Ali Alizadeh in that connection," Kadivar said.

She further added that Alizadeh had immediately responded that the commission's request was not within his jurisdiction, adding that the commission should contact the public prosecutor of Tehran.

"The prosecutor's response was forwarded to the commission on Tuesday, July 15. Still, his letter had been dated July 10," Kadivar said.

"The prosecutor had written in the letter that Kazemi's family had met him, and that there was no restriction for the representative of the Majlis Article 90 Commission, Ms. Kadivar, to meet Kazemi without clearance," she said.

However, the MP from Tehran stressed that if the letter had been sent to the commission at the due time, she could have met Kazemi, and could have made sure what had later caused her death.

"The meeting could have determined whether the reports by foreign media regarding the cause of Kazemi's death could be rejected or approved," Kadivar said.

"Yet, it is not possible to follow up the issue considering that the response of the Tehran public prosecutor was forwarded to the commission after Kazemi's death."

The 54-year-old photojournalist, who was working for Canada's Camera Press journal, was pronounced dead from brain stroke in a Tehran hospital on July 11.

Anyone deemed responsible for Kazemi's death will be brought to justice

Iran Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Wednesday that anyone deemed responsible for Iranian photographer Mrs Zahra Kazemi's death would be brought to justice, IRNA reported.

"Since Mrs Zahra Kazemi is an Iranian, so no country has the right to seek the transfer of her body," he said.

Asked about Canadian prime minister's statement that Iran-Canada relations would be affected if Iran did not transfer Kazemi's body to Canada, the spokesman said it seems the Canadian prime minister did not consider the international law, because Mrs Kazemi is an Iranian and is subject to national law.

He said that the special committee formed by President Mohammad Khatami will announce a formal report on the reason for the photographer's death.

Health minister: Iranian photojournalist died of brain bleeding

Iranian photojournalist Mrs Zahra Kazemi died of brain hemorrhage, Minister of Health and Medical Education Masoud Pezeshkian said on Wednesday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He told reporters after a cabinet meeting that medical team concluded that she died of bleeding in the brain.

She was arrested while taking photo from Evin prison compound on June 23 and suffered stroke during interrogation.

Mrs Kazemi was taken to hospital and died on July 11.

Pezeshkian said that the team of specialists will determine the reason for the hemorrhage in her brain later in the day.

Asked about insistence of Mrs Kazemi's son on dispatch of a medical team from Canada for autopsy, Pezeshkian said, "I believe we have the capability to determine what happened to her. If we needed consultations from foreign specialists, we would do so."

Responding to a question whether Mrs Kazemi suffered any injury in her face, Pezeshkian said no, there was no sign of any injury in her face.

He said that a formal report will be released later.

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