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Tehran targets Canada's 'den of spies'; Iranian lawmakers call for probe to close embassy; accuse envoys of plotting with U.S.
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Ward, Olivia
Date: Nov 30, 2006
Start Page: A.1
Section: News
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Observers say the Iranian parliament's action is part of a tit- for-tat that followed the murder of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi after she was jailed in Tehran in 2003 for taking pictures during a student protest. Since then, Ottawa has led a charge at the United Nations to censure Iran for its poor human rights record.

Now repercussions continue from the murder of [Kazemi], and the more recent arrest of Canadian Iranian academic Ramin Jahanbegloo. Following a Canadian-led UN vote to reprimand Iran for its human rights violations, Tehran tabled a failed resolution condemning Canada's treatment of immigrants and indigenous people. Its officials also allege Ottawa is in league with Britain and the U.S., which is locked in a struggle over Iran's ambitions to develop a nuclear bomb.

Newsha Tavakolian polaris file photo Canadian Iranian academic Ramin Jahanbegloo, seen at a park in Tehran in 2005, was arrested in the Iranian capital in April on suspicion of espionage. He was held in solitary confinement before being released four months later. Jahanbegloo has taught philosophy and politics in Canada and Iran. Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died after she was jailed in the Iranian capital in 2003. Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died after she was jailed in the Iranian capital in 2003.

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