Supreme Court says son can't sue Iran over mother's torture death

Chris Wattie/Reuters

Chris Wattie/Reuters

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the son of murdered Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi does not have the right to sue the Iranian government.

The justices have ruled 6-1 against Stephan Hashemi’s bid to sue Iran over his mother’s death in 2003.

Iran had argued that it can’t be sued because of protection under the State Immunity Act and the justices agreed.

The Canadian government intervened to defend the validity of that law, but says that in no way means it condones torture.

Government lawyers argued that preserving the validity of the law was necessary for the stability of international relations.

Hashemi waged a relentless campaign for justice on behalf of his mother for more than a decade.