Iran denies safety forces killed 16-year-old, says she fell off roof-Iranian media By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s riot police forces stand in a avenue in Tehran, Iran October 3, 2022. WANA (West Asia Information Company) by way of REUTERS


DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian authorities have denied studies safety forces killed a 16-year-old lady throughout protests ignited by the dying of a girl in police custody, Iranian media reported on Friday, saying she dedicated suicide by falling off a roof.

Social media studies and rights group Amnesty Worldwide have mentioned Sarina Esmaeilzadeh was killed by safety forces when she was struck with batons on the top throughout protests over the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in morality police custody.

Authorities earlier this week gave an analogous reason behind dying – falling off a roof – for 17-year-old Nika Shakarami, who activists say was killed in Tehran whereas demonstrating over Amini’s dying.

Rights teams say greater than 150 individuals have been killed, tons of have been injured and 1000’s arrested in a crackdown on nationwide protests marking the largest problem to Iran’s clerical management in years.

Ladies have performed a outstanding function, waving and burning headscarves. Highschool women have additionally taken half.

The chief justice of Alborz province the place Esmaeilzadeh died mentioned a preliminary investigation confirmed her dying was brought on by suicide from a fall from the roof of a five-story constructing, the semi-official ISNA information company mentioned.

Chief justice Hossein Fazeli Herikandi mentioned claims in opposition media about her dying have been “lies”. “Based mostly on her mom’s account, Esmaeilzadeh had a historical past of suicide makes an attempt,” he mentioned. Police acquired a report of her dying on Sept. 24, he mentioned.

Reuters couldn’t attain her household for remark.

Amnesty Worldwide, in a Sept. 30 report, mentioned she was one in every of no less than 52 individuals killed by safety forces between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25, saying Esmaeilzadeh “died after being severely overwhelmed within the head with batons”.

A video displaying Esmaeilzadeh smiling and listening to music has been seen round 147,000 occasions on the widely-followed 1500tasvir Twitter account.

Amini was arrested on Sept. 13 in Tehran for “inappropriate apparel”. The authorities have mentioned she suffered a coronary heart assault after being taken to a station to be “educated”.

Her household have denied she had any coronary heart issues. Her father has mentioned she had bruises on her legs, and holds police liable for her dying.

The federal government has ordered an investigation.

Earlier this week, state media mentioned a judicial case had been opened into Shakarami’s dying, citing officers claiming it had nothing to do with the unrest, and that she had fallen off a roof and her physique contained no bullet wounds. Activists have mentioned she was killed in Tehran whereas demonstrating.

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