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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 July, 2003, 07:41 GMT 08:41 UK
Canadian buried in Iran
Zahra Kazemi
Zahra Kazemi was arrested while taking photos of Evin prison
A Canadian journalist who died in custody in Iran has been buried there despite demands for her body to be returned to Canada, state media has reported.

Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian, died as a result of a severe blow to the head on 10 July after her arrest in Tehran on 23 June.

She was buried on Wednesday morning in the south-western city of Shiraz, the state news agency IRNA reported.

The Canadian Government had expressed concern over Iran's unwillingness to return her body to Canada, despite the wishes of both her Iranian and Canadian relatives.

Foreign Minister Bill Graham said that only the "full and swift prosecution" of those responsible for Ms Kazemi's death would "clearly demonstrate that [Iranian] officials are not allowed to act with impunity".

However, Ms Kazemi's mother agreed to the burial in Iran, state media reported.


Ms Kazemi, a 54-year-old photojournalist, was arrested outside Tehran's Evin prison, where she was taking photographs of protesters demanding the release of relatives locked up during last month's anti-regime protests.

It is thought she was never formally accused of a crime.

An Iranian presidential report released on Monday said she died in custody from a severe blow to the head which fractured her skull and caused a brain haemorrhage.

The report failed to say how and why the injury was inflicted, but called for an independent investigator to conduct an investigation.

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