Iran said on Friday an inquest into the death in custody of Mahsa Amini revealed that she lost her life to the disease rather than reporting beatings that sparked three weeks of bloody protests.
Amini, 22, died on September 16, three days after falling into a coma following her arrest in Tehran by vice squad for allegedly breaking the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women.
Anger over his death has sparked the biggest wave of protests to rock Iran in nearly three years and a crackdown that has killed dozens of protesters and seen dozens of arrests.
Although security personnel used lethal force, the women-led protests continued for 21 consecutive nights, online videos verified by Agence France-Presse showed.
Iran’s Forensic Medicine Organization said on Friday that “Mahsa Amini’s death was not caused by beatings to the head and vital organs and body limbs.”
The death of Amini, whose Kurdish first name is Jhina, is linked to “the operation for a brain tumor at the age of eight”, he said in a press release.
Amini’s parents filed a complaint against the police officers involved, and one of her cousins living in Iraq said she died “from a violent blow to the head”.
Other young women and girls have been killed in the protests, but rights group Amnesty International says Iran extracted televised confessions from their families to “absolve itself of responsibility for their deaths”.
The mother of 16-year-old Nika Shahkarami, who died after going missing on September 20, said on Thursday she was killed by the state after joining an anti-hijab protest in Tehran.
Nasrin Shahkarami also said authorities threatened to force her to confess to her daughter’s death.
“I saw my daughter’s body myself… The back of her head showed that she had suffered a very severe blow as her skull had collapsed. This is how she was killed “, she said in a video uploaded by Radio Farda, an American radio station. -funded Persian station based in Prague.
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