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Report on details of photojournalist's death delivered to Iran President

A report on details of Mrs Zahra Kazemi's death delivered to President Mohammad Khatami Sunday will be made public tomorrow, the government spokesman said on Sunday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"The full details of the inquiry made by five ministers was delivered to the president," he told reporters.

President Mohammad Khatami assigned Minister of Information Ali Yunessi, Minister of the Interior Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari, Minister of Justice Ismail Shushtari and Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei to inquire into the case in reaction to a statement made by Mrs Kazemi's family that physical attack had caused her death.

Minister of Health and Medical Education Masoud Pezeshkian joined the team in the process of autopsy.

Asked whether photojournalist Mrs Zahra Kazemi had been under custody at the Information Ministry, Ramezanzadeh said that she had been delivered to the Information Ministry by the prosecutor's office and the police.

He said that anyone at any organ involved in the violation will be brought to justice.

Karroubi urges publicizing results of probe into Kazemi's death

Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on Sunday called on the officials to "promptly and carefully" follow up the recent death of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, and report the outcomes to the people, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Karroubi told reporters after the Majlis open session that Kazemi's death had been a bitter incident for the Islamic establishment, stressing that whoever is responsible for this must be brought before the justice.

He thanked President Mohammad Khatami for ordering a special committee to probe into the issue, and called on Khatami to present a comprehensive report in that connection to the people "as he deems right".

Kazemi was arrested while taking photo from Evin prison compound on June 23. She was taken to hospital three days later after complaining of poor health during interrogation.

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

Karroubi said the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) had decided in its Saturday meeting to forward a finalized report on the incident to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

"The Judiciary chief will accordingly appoint a competent judge to immediately study the case, and report the results as soon as possible," he said.

"Of course, Mr. Shahroudi has agreed to this so that the issue is investigated to determine whether the official or officials involved in the case have perpetrated an offense or Kazemi's death had been an accident."

The Majlis speaker further stressed that it must be determined who committed the possible offense, at what stage it happened and which institution or group was involved in the incident considering that Kazemi was held by "various" organizations.

Karroubi also said that the issue should not be prejudged, and hoped that the details about Kazemi's death are clarified.

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