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Iranian Judiciary spokesman: Canada's demand on case of dead journalist against International law

Tehran, April 12, IRNA-The Judiciary spokesman, Jamal Karimi Rad, here Tuesday rejected Canada's demand for transfer of the body of Zahra Kazemi from Iran to this country as illegal and in conflict with the international law.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters in his weekly press briefing, he said that given Kazemi was an Iranian citizen, Iran's Judicial branch of power is authorized to probe into her case.

Turning to the fact that the relevant case is currently being examined at bench 34 of the Appeals Court, he noted that the lawyers in charge have been summoned to the tribunal to present their justifications in a month.

In response to a question on the lawyers' call for sending the case to a special bench of the Appeals Court, Karimi Rad said that any request on the case should be submitted to the bench currently dealing with it.

Concerning the continued investigation of the case despite the dismissal of the accused, he said that the lawyers in charge have already brought up their objection to the procedure of dealing with the case.

"Meanwhile, the writ of non-prosecution has also been issued by the investigator, which should be conveyed to the lawyers," added Karimi Rad.

"If the lawyers submit their written objection to the writ of non-prosecution, the issue will be examined," he added.

The mother of the 54-year-old Iranian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in 2003 because of fractured skull, has called on the Judiciary to launch fresh investigation into circumstances which led to her daughter's death in June 2003, her lawyers announced Sunday.

In their petition, the lawyers including the Noble Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi have claimed that the court of the first order and the appeals court are not qualified to handle the case.

They also accused the court of ignoring evidence presented by the lawyers about the death of Kazemi as well as reports of the special presidential committee and the Information (Intelligence) Ministry in this regard.

Asked whether a lawsuit will be filed against a former Iranian military physician, Shahram Azam, who has recounted signs of alleged torture on the body of Kazemi given the charge he has brought up against the Judiciary, Karimi Rad replied that he has rather claimed to be the first doctor to have examined Kazemi at Baqiatollah Azam hospital which has been dismissed by her lawyers and a number of sixth Majlis deputies.

Azam's allegations have been rejected as `baseless and completely false'. Besides, the hospital staff have also lined up to deny that Shahram Azam ever worked in their unit.

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