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Thread #98444   Message #2021842
Posted By: Dickey
10-Apr-07 - 09:58 PM
Thread Name: BS: Give em shit, Canada
Subject: RE: BS: Give em shit, Canada
I thought it had to do with Canada giving shit. Does Canada give a shit?
Maybe Canada should be giving Iran shit instead of having their citizens urging people to give shit to the US.

Iran's changing story
CBC News Online | Updated November 16, 2005

Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in Iranian custody on July 11, 2003, almost three weeks after she was arrested for taking pictures outside a prison during a student protest in Tehran.

Two days later, Iran's official news agency reported that Kazemi had died in hospital, after suffering a stroke while she was being interrogated. On July 16, 2003, the story changed. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, Iran's vice-president, conceded that Kazemi died as a result of being beaten.

Later, the Iranian government would charge an Iranian security agent in Kazemi's death. He was acquitted of a charge of "quasi-intentional murder. In July 2004, Iran's judiciary said the head injuries that killed Kazemi were the result of an "accident."

The case stayed under the radar screens of most Canadians until March 31, 2005, and the stunning revelations of Shahram Azam, a former staff physician in Iran's Defence Ministry. He said he examined Kazemi in hospital, four days after her arrest.

Azam said Kazemi showed obvious signs of torture, including:

    * Evidence of a very brutal rape.
    * A skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe and a broken nose.
    * Severe abdominal bruising, swelling behind the head and a bruised shoulder.
    * Deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on the legs.

Azam left Iran in August 2004, saying he was seeking medical treatment in Finland. He later went to Sweden and got in touch with Kazemi's son, Stephan Hachemi. With the help of Canadian lawyers, Hachemi helped Azam and his family get to Canada. He was granted landed immigrant status as a refugee sponsored by the government of Canada.

After Kazemi's death, Hachemi demanded that Iran return her body to Canada for burial but Iran refused. He has also been critical of the federal government, saying Ottawa did not do enough to help his mother. He has demanded that Canada take the case to the International Court of Justice.

Spring 2003:Kazemi leaves Canada for Iran.

June 23, 2003, 5:40 p.m.: Kazemi is arrested while taking photographs outside Evin prison in Tehran during student-led protests. She is later taken into custody and interrogated by police, prosecutors and intelligence officials for 77 hours.

June 27, 2003, 12:20 a.m.: Kazemi is admitted to Baghiatollah hospital in Tehran.

July 3 or 4, 2003: Iranian officials inform Kazemi's family that she's been hospitalized.

July 7, 2003: Officials with Canada's Foreign Affairs Department visit Kazemi in hospital, the first of three such visits before her death.

Kazemi dies in Tehran hospital while under guard.
CBC STORY: Canadian arrested in Iran brain dead after beating

Dianavan: Why don't you grab a camera, visit Iran and bring us back some photos of their wolderful system of government?