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Iran Charges 2 in Death of Canadian Journalist - 2003-08-25

An Iranian prosecutor says two people who interrogated an Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist before she died have been charged with complicity in her death.

The official Iranian news agency, IRNA, said the inspector of the criminal court in Tehran had ordered the two suspects detained pending legal proceedings.

They are charged in connection with the death of Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old photographer who died more than two weeks after her arrest on June 23. She was taking pictures of a protest outside a prison when police arrested her.

The prosecutor described Ms. Kazemi's death as "quasi-intentional murder." Last month, Iran's vice president said the photojournalist had likely been killed by a blow to the head.

The two people charged in her death were not identified, but IRNA says they were intelligence staffers who had questioned Ms. Kazemi.