Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Kazemi's murderer becomes justice minister in Iran


The man linked to murder of Canadian journalist is touted as Iran's new minister of justice.

Two years ago, Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was murdered while reporting in Iran. Today, the prime suspect in her case is not only free, but is being considered as Iran's next minister of justice in president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet.

Ahmadinejad, who takes over formally in August, intends to nominate Saeed Mortazavi as Iran's next minister of justice.

Aside from his role in jailing and shutting down hundreds of journalists and pro-reform newspapers during his tenure as judge for the media court, Mortazavi, as Tehran prosecutor-general, was deeply involved in Kazemi's murder, if not responsible entirely for her death.