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Lawyers Call for Appointment of a "Special Magistrate" to Find Kazemi's Killer

Source: Radio Farda Newsroom

Lawyers representing the victim in Zahra Kazemi's July 2003 death in custody asked the judiciary to appoint a special magistrate to identify the official who, during interrogation at the Evin prison, dealt the fatal blow to the Canadian-Iranian photojournalist's head.

July 28, 2004 - A day after Tehran judiciary said the acquital of the only defendant in the July 2003 death in custoday of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi could have been an accident, the victim family's lawyers asked on Wednesday for the appointment of a special magistrate to find the killer.

The legal team, under Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, said they have access to witnesses and evidence that proves one of Evin prison security agents dealt a blow to the left side of Kazemi's head after her arrest. A panel formed by President Khatami last year to investigate Kazemi's death said Kazemi died of brain hemorrhage, as a result of a blow to her head with a sharp object during interrogation at the Evin prison.

Tehran judiciary said the acqutial of the only defendant in the case meant that Kazemi could have died from an accident. Her head may have accidentally hit a sharp table corner, due to a possible fall all as a result of dizzienss from low blood sugar because of her hunger strike, the statement said.

"The intelligence ministry has announced that it is ready to enact the crime scene with the help of forensic experts and witnesses, identify the murderers and turn them over to judiciary for prosecution," the lawyers said in a statement signed by Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah, Mohammad Seifzadeh, Abdolfatah Soltani and Shirin Ebadi.

"Any neutral person may wonder why the judiciary did not accept the intelligence ministry's offer of help," the lawyers said.

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