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Ad hoc committee in Iran prepares report on journalist Zahra Kazemi's death

An Ad Hoc committee charged with conducting probe into the real causes of the death of the Iranian-Canadian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi has prepared its report on the controversial case, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The investigation committee was formed on an order by President Mohammad Khatami and included representatives from the ministries of culture and Islamic guidance, intelligence, interior and justice.

An informed source told IRNA that the committee launched a thorough probe into all the issues related to Kazemi's case from her arrest, legal proceedings, medical health care services provided to her and the journalist's death.

Masoud Pezeshkian, Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Training, was asked by the committee to give the results of his studies.

Pezeshkian said on Wednesday Kazemi died of brain hemorrhage.

A medical team, he noted, concluded that the photo-journalist died of bleeding in the brain adding that a team of specialists is yet to determine the reason for the hemorrhage in her brain.

Kazemi, 54, was arrested on June 23 for taking photographs of protestors outside Evin prison in northern Tehran who were demanding the release of relatives locked up during last month's wave of campus protests.

She was transferred three days later to Baghiatollah Azam hospital where she died.

On Wednesday, Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi made the dramatic allegation that Kazemi's brain hemorrhage was caused by beating. Later on President Khatami ordered the formation of a committee to probe into the real causes of the journalist 's death.

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