“Last week, Mahsha Amini, 22, died of injuries she sustained after being detained for not complying with Iran’s headscarf laws… The perpetrators of this murder must be held accountable,” said Peter Stano.
The head of European diplomacy, Giuseppe Borrell, yesterday Monday condemned the “unacceptable” death of a young man arrested by the moral police in Iran, demanding that the authorities punish those responsible.
“Last week, Mahsha Amini, 22, died of injuries she sustained after being detained for not complying with the headscarf laws in Iran. What happened to her is unacceptable and the perpetrators of this murder must be held accountable,” said Peter Stano, Mr Borrell’s spokesman, in a press release released by the European External Action Service (EEAS).
“It is imperative that the Iranian authorities guarantee that the fundamental rights of their citizens are respected and that those in any form of detention are not subjected to any form of ill-treatment,” the text added.
The death of the young woman causes a wave of indignation in Iran. Iranian President Ebrahim Raishi called for an investigation into the case. In the Islamic Republic, there were many demonstrations yesterday Sunday and yesterday Monday.
Mahsha Amini, from Sanadaj, the capital of Kurdistan province (northwest), was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for being “inappropriately” dressed by the morality police, a unit tasked with enforcing Iran’s strict dress code for women. He fell into a coma three days later; he died in hospital, according to state television and the victim’s family.
The head of Tehran’s police, General Hossein Rahimi, denied the accusations that the 22-year-old had been ill-treated and called it an “unfortunate” and “sad” incident.
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