Sunday, June 25, 2006

Iran Dismisses Canada Calls for Prosecutor's Prosecution

Yahoo News:
Iran rejected Canadian calls for the prosecution of Tehran chief prosecutor Said Mortazavi over the death in custody of a photo-journalist with Canadian citizenship. "The Canadian claims are illogical and they should understand who they are talking to and they should speak up to their level," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told the official IRNA news agency from Geneva where he was attending a UN human rights meeting.

"Canadians have a long history of serious political mistakes in dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran, such as aiding Saddam Hussein's regime against Iran," he said, referring to the devastating 1980-88 war with Iraq.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that a country which still has traces of British colonialism is not at a level at which it can make such illogical and illegal comments and expect to be listened to." READ MORE

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had called on the international community Friday to use "all manner of law available" to bring Mortazavi to justice over the death three years ago of journalist Zahra Kazemi.

"A Canadian citizen was beaten and tortured to death. This has not been properly addressed by the government of Iran," Harper said of Kazemi's death.

"What the government of Canada wants to do is to make it clear that the conduct of the government of Iran and the Kazemi affair is absolutely unacceptable."

Kazemi, 54, died in July 2003 after spending two weeks in custody in Tehran following her arrest for photographing a demonstration outside the Iranian capital's Evin prison.

Mortazavi joined Mottaki in attending Friday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, prompting US as well as Canadian protests.
Sounds like the regime doesn't like Canada anymore than the US.