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On July 11, 2003, Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in Iran under unclear circumstances. His brutal death and the lack of willingness on the part of the Iranian authorities to do him justice aroused indignation in Canada, as well as in international public opinion.

Iran confirmed the death of Zahra Kazemi . Ms. Kazemi practiced her profession as a journalist all over the world, camera on her shoulder. She was arrested by Iranian authorities at the end of June.

A quote from Josée Thibeault

Téléjournal, July 12, 2003

This introduction from the host of the Téléjournalof July 12, 2003 plunges us into an affair where both horror and impunity reign.

Zahra Kazemi, a journalist-photographer and filmmaker of Iranian origin, died in Tehran after falling into a coma for several days.

According to the official version of the Iranian government, his death was caused by a stroke.

However, we understand, listening to the report of journalist Yves Poirier, that his death is more than suspicious.

On June 23, 2003, the journalist was arrested in Tehran because she had photographed Evin prison.

The spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders, Amir Khadir, explains to Yves Poirier what the prison reality is like in Iran.

“In Iranian prisons “torture is practiced, interrogations accompanied by beatings and violence are practiced”, maintains the doctor himself of Iranian origin.

In conference press, Stephan Hachemi, very determined, reacts to the death of his mother. His absolute priority is then to repatriate his remains to Canada.

It is only under this condition, he believes, that we will be able to carry out an autopsy which will explain the circumstances of his mother's death.

The young man who, like his mother, made Montreal his adopted city, is asking for help from the Canadian government.

In Ottawa, we are also outraged by the fate of Zahra Kazemi.

The death of the journalist-photographer highlights the extent to which the Ayatollah regime, which rules in Iran, disregards both human rights and justice.

The Iranian government categorically refuses to let the body of Zahra Kazemi go to Canada to be autopsied.

Téléjournal, July 23, 2003

It's what journalist Catherine Kovacs explains in her report presented to Téléjournalon July 23, 2003.

Stephan Hachemi claims that the Iranian authorities even exerted intense pressure on his grandmother to quickly sign the burial papers.

This Iranian maneuver also greatly displeased the Canadian government, which then recalled its ambassador from Tehran and raised possible sanctions against Iran.

The holding of a trial in July 2004 in Tehran also proves the lack of desire to bring justice in this case.

Access to hearings, for example, is prohibited by the Iranian Ministry of Justice.

Canadian and foreign diplomats, who were able to follow the first day of deliberations, were then refused entry on the second day.

Téléjournal, July 18, 2004

The journalist Yvan Côté explains, to the Téléjournal of July 18, 2004, that the single judge abruptly ended the procedure on the second day by confirming that he had all the necessary elements to render a verdict .

Should we also be surprised that a week later this same judge acquitted those whom the Iranian government designated as Zahra's murderers Kazemi?

The Midday Hour, July 25, 2004

The judgment, underlines the report by journalist Benoît Friceau, presented toL'heure du midion July 25, 2004, arouses the indignation of the victim's lawyers

A participant in the prosecution team is none other than the lawyer Shirin Ebadi. The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate denounces the multiple flaws that characterized this trial.

The lawyer does not budge. She is ready to continue the search for justice for Zahra Kazemi and her family.

The position of the Canadian government is, for its part, wait-and-see.

A few months more Later, what really happened to Zahra Kazemi is revealed.

Forensic doctor Shahram Azam worked for the Iranian Ministry of Defense and performed an autopsy on the body of the deceased.

He then fled the country and obtained political asylum in Canada. This is how he was able to reveal the truth.

Le Téléjournal/Le Point, March 31, 2005

The latter, as confirmed by report by Ottawa correspondent Daniel Lessard, presented to Téléjournal/Le Point on March 31, 2005, is worse than anything we could have anticipated.

Doctor Azam's autopsy diagnosis is simply terrifying.

The doctor had never seen a person tortured like this, except perhaps in times of war.

If Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin says he is outraged and Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew maintains all options open for a response to the Iran, Stephan Hachemi remains dissatisfied with the reaction of the Canadian government.

Ottawa, underlines Daniel Lessard, appears incapable of influencing Iran's behavior. For this country, this file seems to be a closed case.

On October 14, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada, for its part, rejected Stephan Hachemi's request for the right to sue the Iranian authorities before a Canadian court for the murder of his mother.

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