Iran arrests lawyer investigating death of Canadian photojournalist

[JURIST] The lawyer representing the family of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder], who died in Iranian custody in July 2003 amidst allegations of torture and abuse [JURIST report], was arrested over the weekend on charges of spying. Abdolfattah Soltani was leading an effort to reopen an investigation [JURIST report] into Kazemi's death. Iranian courts have so far refused the request, and he is now charged with using his position as a lawyer to obtain and release classified information about Iran's nuclear efforts [Iran Focus report]. The raid on his home was ordered by Tehran Public Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, who has himself been implicated in Kazemi's death [JURIST report]. AP has more.

 

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