Lady, 22, dies after falling into coma whereas in custody of Iran’s morality police
A 22-year-old Iranian girl 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 loss of life, 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 kin within the capital, Tehran, had been stopped by a patrol of morality police – a devoted unit that enforces strict costume codes for girls, reminiscent of carrying the obligatory scarf.
In accordance with 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 exterior 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 lady was despatched to a Higher Tehran police precinct for steerage and training when abruptly, 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 point out 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 reveals CCTV footage of a lady taking a seat, then standing as much as converse to an “skilled” who touches her clothes, earlier than she collapsing onto the bottom.
The next clip reveals 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 minimize, it seems to be daylight exterior. After the minimize, it seems darkish.
“Ms. Amini seems 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 just isn’t capable of confirm that the lady within the video is Amini.