Iranian Nobel laureate in Canada journalist case

MONTREAL, Oct 11 (Reuters) -- Lawyer Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has agreed to represent slain Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi's family in Iranian courts, The Globe and Mail reported on Saturday.

The photographer's son, Stephan Hachemi, told the newspaper his grandmother gave the lawyer authority last week to represent the interests of the victim, who died in an Iranian prison last July, and her family.

The trial of an Iranian intelligence official charged in the murder began Tuesday. Reza Ahmadi is accused of causing the fatal blow that led to Kazemi's death.

The Montreal-based journalist died of a brain haemorrhage after her arrest for taking photographs outside
Tehran's Evin prison.

Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, Iran's first female judge before the 1979 Islamic revolution that forced her to step down, was honored for her fight for women's and children's rights.