TEHRAN, Iran — The former Iranian prosecutor who sent Canadian Zahra Kazemi to a notorious Tehran prison where she was tortured to death is now in prison himself.
Iran’s Fars news agency reports Saeed Mortazavi was arrested this week and is being detained at Evin prison — the same facility where Kazemi spent the last agonizing days of her life in 2003.
Tehran’s chief prosecutor hasn’t commented on Mortazavi’s arrest, however, Fars reported it might be linked to allegations of torture and the deaths of prisoners following the controversial 2009 election that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returned to power as Iran’s president.
Until January, Mortazavi headed Iran’s social welfare organization but was removed under pressure from Iran’s parliament.
Kazemi, who had dual Canadian-Iranian citizenship, was working as a freelance photo-journalist when she was arrested outside Evin prison where she’d been taking pictures of the wives of detainees.
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