Stephan Kazemi isn't afraid to sue the government of Iran in connection with the death of his mother in a Tehran prison. However, the laws of Canada stand in his way. CP/Jonathan Hayward
"I am trying to defend some values. How can you be human and defend torture."Stephan Kazemi, son of Zahra Kezemi who died in a Tehran prison . He wants the right to file a civil law suit against the Iranian government
Photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died eleven years ago in Iranian custody under the most suspicious of circumstances. And for her son -- it's been 11 long years in the pursuit of justice for her torment and death. Stephan Kazemi -- who was formerly known as Stephan Hashemi -- wants permission from the Supreme Court of Canada to sue the Iranian government in connection with his mother 's death .
In 2006, he filed a civil law suit seeking damages. Tehran argues it's immune from prosecution in Canadian courts. The Supreme Court of Canada will make a final decision on whether Iran can be sued in Canada.
We requested an interview with someone from the Department of Foreign Affairs but they declined our request.
And we also requested an interview with someone from the Department of Foreign Affairs but did not receive a response.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch and Pacinthe Mattar.
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