In an interview with the BBC Iranian woman Mahsa Amini’s father accuses the regime of spreading lies after his daughter’s death.
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So far, 17 people have been killed in protests in Iran, which started after the death of the young woman who was arrested for not wearing her headscarf correctly. She died in hospital after being in a coma for three days, after which people took to the streets en masse.
According to the authorities, the death of the Kurdish woman is due to heart failure. In a conversation with the British public broadcaster BBC her father denies that his daughter was in poor health. Witnesses have told Mahsa Amini’s family that she was assaulted after her arrest, an allegation that an Iranian government official denies. Mahsa Amini’s 17-year-old brother begged not to take her with him. “He was then beaten himself,” his father testified. “At my request to view the images from the agents’ body cam, I received the answer that the battery was empty.”
The young woman’s father is not allowed to view the autopsy report and was initially not allowed to see his daughter’s body. “I wanted to see her, but they wouldn’t let me in.” He was not allowed to see her until she was shrouded in a shroud for the funeral, leaving only the feet and face visible. “I clearly saw injuries on her feet and asked the doctors to examine them.” He was then told that this would be investigated, but since then he has heard nothing more about this. “They ignore me and lie,” he concludes.