Woman, 22, dies after falling into coma whereas in custody of Iran’s morality police

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 kinfolk within the capital, Tehran, have been stopped by a patrol of morality police — a devoted unit that enforces strict costume codes for girls, reminiscent of sporting the obligatory headband.

In line 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 instructed his sister was being taken to the police station for one hour of “re-education,” IranWire reported.

Kiarash mentioned 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 mentioned he was instructed 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 mentioned that Amini had suffered a “heart attack” following her arrest on Tuesday.

“The woman was sent to a Greater Tehran police precinct for guidance and education when suddenly, in the presence of other people, she had a heart attack,” the police mentioned.

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 circumstances.

“There were only two hours between her arrest and being taken to hospital,” Kiarash instructed IranWire.

A video launched by Iranian state TV purported to point out Amini strolling right into a “education” middle the place she would have been receiving “guidance” on correct Islamic apparel, state media mentioned.

The edited video exhibits CCTV footage of a lady taking a seat, then standing as much as converse to an “expert” 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 minimize, it seems to be daylight exterior. After the minimize, it seems darkish.

“Ms. Amini looks unwell and falls to the floor,” 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 will not be capable of confirm that the lady within the video is Amini.

Iranian officers mentioned 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, mentioned the outcomes could be publicized after additional examination by medical specialists.

Jake Sullivan, Nationwide Safety Adviser to US President Joe Biden, mentioned in a tweet Friday the White Home is deeply involved about Amini’s loss of life.

Amini, “was reportedly beaten in custody by Iran’s morality police. Her death is unforgivable. We will continue to hold Iranian officials accountable for such human right abuses,” Sullivan tweeted.