28 August 2009

A state-sanctioned murder

Zahra Kazemi (born 1949)
- was an Iranian-Canadian freelance photographer.

She was arrested on June 23, 2003, when taking photographs of the demostrations in Tehran, and died on July 11, 2003, in custody of Iranian officials.

Two days later IRNA news agency reported that she had suffered a stroke while she was being interrogated and died in hospital.

On July 16, 2003, Iran’s vice president Mohammad Ali Abtahi conceeded that Kazemi died of a fractured skull as a result of being hit in the head.

Shahram Azam, a former military staff physician, had examined Kazemi’s body and found obvious signs of torture:
  • skull fracture
  • broken nose
  • crushed toe
  • missing fingernails
  • broken fingers
  • signs of brutal rape
  • marks from flogging
  • deep scratches on her neck
  • severe abdominal bruisings

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