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The BBC's Miranda Eeles in Tehran says Iran's judiciary backed down after the Canadian announcement and allowed the ambassador, Philip MacKinnon, to enter the courtroom.
Originally posted by jsobecky I just wish that diplomacy worked with terrorists as well as nations.
For the second time in recent days, Canada has recalled its ambassador to Iran ... Foreign Minister Bill Graham issued a statement Sunday, saying he was "disappointed but not surprised by this flagrant denial of due process."
Ambassador Philip MacKinnon of Canada, his Dutch counterpart representing the European Union and senior diplomats from Britain and France - alongside foreign journalists - arrived at the courtroom to find their access blocked. ... Ms Kazemi's defence team - led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi - has accused the authorities of a cover-up, saying a more senior official is the real culprit. ... "They didn't even pay attention to our evidence and announced the end of the trial," Ms Ebadi told reporters outside the Tehran court.
Correspondents say the trial has strained Iran's relations with Canada, and deepened the rift between the reformist government and the hardline judiciary.
Reformist President Mohammad Khatami has said he believes the intelligence agent is innocent and has called on the judiciary to identify "the real guilty person".
The positive side is that the Canadian passport has a good reputation worldwide, and Canadians usually have no problems at foreign customs.
Originally posted by f16falcon
For example why is someone who admitted to attending an al-qaida training camp allowed to live in this country???(yes it did happen right here in toronto)
Originally posted by DeusEx
Hey, nobody said Canada was perfect. But at least we (generally) walk teh straight and narrow. part of due proccess and equality is that people will, inevitably, take advantage of the system. I'm simply happy we found out a put a stop to it.