‘Wearing inappropriate clothes’: Iranian president promises investigation into Mahsa Amini’s death

Iranian President Ebrahim Raïsi said on September 22 that the death of a young woman, who provoked demonstrations in Iran, would be the subject of an “investigation”, but denounced the hypocrisy of Western powers.

If either party has done wrong, it should definitely be investigated.

“Rest assured, an investigation will definitely be opened,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, while indicating that the medical examiner’s report had no reports of police abuse, which protesters dispute. “But I don’t want to jump to conclusions too quickly,” he said.

“If one of the parties has committed wrongs, this must with certainty be the subject of an investigation”, assured the Iranian president, saying that he had “contacted the family of the deceased” and promised him “ to diligently investigate the incident”.

Ebrahim Raïssi is ironic about the deaths caused by the police during the demonstrations in the West

Protests, in which at least 17 people have died according to a provisional toll, have erupted in Iran since authorities announced the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16. She had been arrested for “wearing inappropriate clothing” by the vice police, responsible for enforcing the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic.

His death drew international condemnation. For its part, the United States announced on September 22 economic sanctions targeting the Iranian morality police and several security officials for “violence against demonstrators”, as well as for the fate of Mahsa Amini.

“Why not call for the same for those who lose their lives at the hands of law enforcement across the West – Europe, North America, the United States”, the president further questioned. Iranian denouncing “hypocrisy”. In his September 21 speech to the UN General Assembly, he had already accused the West of having “double standards” when it comes to women’s rights.

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