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Charges Rejected in Journalist's Death

September 02, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Tehran prosecutors rejected charges issued last month against two Intelligence Ministry agents in the slaying of an Iranian Canadian photojournalist.

An independent judge had charged the agents with complicity in Zahra Kazemi's "semi- premeditated murder." She died July 11 after being beaten while in custody.

But Tehran's deputy prosecutor general, Jafar Reshadati, returned the indictments issued against the agents and called for "further investigations." The decision in effect means that no one is charged in Kazemi's death.

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