A 22-year-old Iranian lady has died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police earlier this week, Iran’s semi-official Etemad On-line web site reported, quoting her uncle.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her demise, Iranian state information company ISNA reported on Friday.
On Tuesday night, Mahsa Amini and her household, who had traveled from Iran’s Kurdistan area to go to family members within the capital, Tehran, have been stopped by a patrol of morality police – a devoted unit that enforces strict gown codes for girls, similar to sporting the obligatory headband.
In response to IranWire, human rights activists who’ve spoken to the household say the police grabbed Amini and compelled her inside a police automobile.
Her brother, Kiarash, tried to intervene and was advised his sister was being taken to the police station for one hour of “re-education,” IranWire reported.
Kiarash stated he by no means noticed his sister awake once more.
Whereas he was ready outdoors the police station for her to be launched, an ambulance pulled up and discreetly took his sister to the hospital.
In an interview with IranWire, Kiarash stated he was advised she had suffered a coronary heart assault or a stroke whereas within the police station and that she was in a coma.
On Thursday, Tehran police stated that Amini had suffered a “coronary heart assault” following her arrest on Tuesday.
“The girl was despatched to a Better Tehran police precinct for steerage and training when all of a sudden, within the presence of different individuals, she had a coronary heart assault,” the police stated.
Amini’s household have questioned the model of occasions given by police, saying she was a standard, wholesome 22-year-old with no pre-existing coronary heart situations.
“There have been solely two hours between her arrest and being taken to hospital,” Kiarash advised IranWire.
A video launched by Iranian state TV purported to indicate Amini strolling right into a “training” middle the place she would have been receiving “steerage” on correct Islamic apparel, state media stated.
The edited video exhibits CCTV footage of a girl taking a seat, then standing as much as converse to an “knowledgeable” who touches her clothes, earlier than she collapses onto the bottom.
The next clip exhibits 5 males carrying her on a stretcher, apparently unconscious. An ambulance is then proven in one other body.
There’s an edit within the video at 19 seconds, after which the lady is seen standing up and talking. Earlier than the reduce, it seems to be daylight outdoors. After the reduce, it seems darkish.
“Ms. Amini appears to be like unwell and falls to the ground,” the state media reporter says.
It stays unknown what occurred to Amini after her arrest and earlier than she appeared on the re-education middle. CNN isn’t capable of confirm that the lady within the video is Amini.
Iranian officers stated Saturday that they had carried out an post-mortem on Amini’s physique. Talking on state TV the director of Iran’s Forensic Medical Group, Mehdi Forozesh, stated the outcomes could be publicized after additional examination by medical consultants.
Jake Sullivan, Nationwide Safety Adviser to US President Joe Biden, stated in a tweet Friday the White Home is deeply involved about Amini’s demise.
Amini, “was reportedly crushed in custody by Iran’s morality police. Her demise is unforgivable. We are going to proceed to carry Iranian officers accountable for such human proper abuses,” Sullivan tweeted.