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Iran's Reformers Find Leverage in Murder Probe

In a monolithic Iran, the truth about Zahra Kazemi’s death might have been buried along with her body, discreetly laid to rest last July after the Canadian photographer was fatally beaten by a government interrogator. But Iran’s government is no longer a monolith, and in the six months since Kazemi was killed, her death has become a major point of contention between conservative forces intent on ignoring the case and reformers who have treated it as an emblem of their movement, stubbornly chipping away at hard-liners’ intransigence. Today the case remains half in shadow. But as Iran lurches through a crisis over control of its parliament — with hard-liners disqualifying reformist candidates by the thousands and defiant lawmakers staging daily sit-ins — the Kazemi case offers a vivid illustration of what’s at stake. Full Story

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