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 Iranian police said on Monday the death of masha Amini 22 was an unfortunate incident denying accusations of mistreatment that have fuelled protests Amini was arrested on September 16 2022 in the Kurdistan province in Tehran by the morality police for failing to adhere to the strict rule of wearing hijab and loosed outfit The police reported that Amini fell into a coma and died following her arrest sparking protests in parts of Iran including Tehran and the Kurdistan province where she came from Videos shared on Twitter on Sunday showed protesters demonstrating in Sanandaj capital of Kurdistan province A video posted by Kurdish rights group Hengaw showed security forces in riot gear running down a street in the city at least one of them firing what appeared to be a gun However Reuters could not verify the videos accuracy The police have said Amini fell ill as she waited with other women being held by the morality police who enforce strict rules imposed since Iran s 1979 Islamic revolution requiring women to cover their hair and wear loose fitting clothes However her father told pro reform Emtedad news website on Sunday that his daughter was fit with no health problems He said Amini had suffered bruises to her legs and held the police responsible for her death Stepping up denials of any wrongdoing Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi said cowardly accusations had been made against Iranian police Amini suffered no physical harm and the police had done everything to keep her alive This incident was unfortunate for us and we wish to never witness such incidents Rahimi said in the statement reported by the Fars news agency The police screened a video showing a woman identified as Amini walking into a room and taking a seat alongside others It then fast forwards to show her on her feet talking to someone who appeared to be inspecting part of her clothing The woman identified as Amini then raised her hands to her head and collapsed Rahimi said paramedics arrived within one minute of her collapse Amini s father told Emtedad on Sunday that the police took two hours to transfer her to hospital and if she had arrived earlier she would not have died Rahimi said he could not comment on the cause of death because this was a medical rather than a security issue adding that the morality police were doing positive work Amini s death could ramp up tension between the establishment and a Kurdish minority numbering eight to 10 million NewsSourceCredit NAN
Iranian police call woman’s death in custody an ‘unfortunate incident’

Iranian police said on Monday the death of masha Amini, 22, was an “unfortunate incident” denying accusations of mistreatment that have fuelled protests.

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Amini, was arrested on September 16, 2022 in the Kurdistan province in Tehran by the morality police for failing to adhere to the strict rule of wearing hijab and loosed outfit.

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The police reported that Amini fell into a coma and died following her arrest, sparking protests in parts of Iran including Tehran and the Kurdistan province where she came from.

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Videos shared on Twitter on Sunday showed protesters demonstrating in Sanandaj, capital of Kurdistan province.

A video posted by Kurdish rights group Hengaw showed security forces in riot gear running down a street in the city, at least one of them firing what appeared to be a gun.

However, Reuters could not verify the videos’ accuracy.

The police have said Amini fell ill as she waited with other women being held by the morality police, who enforce strict rules imposed since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution requiring women to cover their hair and wear loose fitting clothes.

However, her father told pro-reform Emtedad news website on Sunday that his daughter was fit with no health problems.

He said Amini had suffered bruises to her legs and held the police responsible for her death.

Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi

Stepping up denials of any wrongdoing, Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi said “cowardly accusations” had been made against Iranian police, Amini suffered no physical harm, and the police had “done everything” to keep her alive.

“This incident was unfortunate for us and we wish to never witness such incidents,” Rahimi said in the statement reported by the Fars news agency.

The police screened a video showing a woman identified as Amini walking into a room and taking a seat alongside others.

It then fast-forwards to show her on her feet talking to someone who appeared to be inspecting part of her clothing.

The woman identified as Amini then raised her hands to her head and collapsed.

Rahimi said paramedics arrived within one minute of her collapse.

Amini’s father told Emtedad on Sunday that the police took two hours to transfer her to hospital and if she had arrived earlier she would not have died.

Rahimi said he could not comment on the cause of death because this was a medical rather than a security issue, adding that the morality police were “doing positive work”.

Amini’s death could ramp up tension between the establishment and a Kurdish minority numbering eight to 10 million.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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