Aida Rostami, a 36-year-old Iranian doctor who treated injured protesters in Tehran during protests in recent weeks and who feared reprisals if they turned to the official health system, was reportedly killed, according to her family.
A day after her disappearance, the police returned Aida’s lifeless body to the family, claiming that she had been victim of a road accident.
However, morgue doctors told relatives they saw the body flogged with the typical signs of torturein a state that would undoubtedly disprove the hypothesis of a road accident.
This was reported by the news site IranWire, an opponent of the Islamic regime, while tensions have not subsided in the Persian country, after three months of protests triggered by the death in prison of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who was arrested in Tehran by the police morale, who believed that she was not wearing the Islamic veil correctly.
Meanwhile, the Iranian authorities They arrested the lawyer of two detained journalists after covering up Mahsa Amini’s death, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.
“Mohammad Ali Kamfirouzi, a lawyer for several activists and journalists, has been arrested,” Ham Mihan newspaper reported.
Detention rises to 25 the number of lawyers arrested in connection with the protestsaccording to the reformist newspaper.
Iran has been rocked by massive protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, on September 16, after she was arrested in Tehran by the morality police, who accused her of violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.
Kamfirouzi’s clients include Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, the two journalists who were arrested after covering Amini’s death.
Hamedi, who works for the reformist daily Shargh, was arrested on 20 September after visiting the hospital where Amini was in a coma for three days before dying.
Mohammadi, a journalist for Ham Mihan newspaper, was arrested on 29 September after traveling to Saqez, Amini’s hometown in Kurdistan province, to cover her funeral.
Both they were accused on November 8 of propaganda against the state and conspiracy against national security, crimes punishable by death under Iranian sharia, Islamic law.
Kamfirouzi’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Bagherpour, said his client had not received any summons, had no knowledge of the charges against him and had been detained without any legal formalities.
The arrest took place on Wednesday, according to Kamfirouzi’s brother, quoted by the Ham Mihan newspaper.
At the same time, popular actress Taraneh Alidousti was arrested in Iran after she posted photos showing her veiled, and in her social media posts she supported the nationwide protests, which entered their fourth month on Friday.
Thousands of people have been arrested in Iran following the protests and 11 have been sentenced to death. Two of them have already been executed.
Since mid-September, thousands of Iranians and about 40 foreigners have been arrested and more than 2,000 people have been charged in connection with the demonstrations, according to judicial authorities.
Source: ANSA and AFP
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