Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Canada won't recall Iran ambassador over Kazemi's case
Canada won't recall its ambassador to Iran despite that country's refusal Tuesday to allow an international forensic team to examine the body of a Montreal photojournalist who died in custody there. READ MORE

"At this time, recalling our ambassador would be tantamount to dropping our work on this case and to cut our access to the Iranian authorities,' Foreign Affairs spokesman Sebastien Theberge said in an email to Tuesday.

"We will not drop this case. We have a moral responsibility to continue until justice is rendered."

Earlier Tuesday, Iranian authorities rejected Canada's demand that forensic scientists be allowed to examine the body of 54-year-old Zahra Kazemi.

Ms. Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian photographer of Iranian origin, died in July 2003, several days after being arrested for taking photos of a demonstration outside a Tehran prison.