International Amnesty has denounced the death in custody and with indications of torture of the protester ebrahim rigi last Wednesday, in what he has described as a “new and horrible assault against the right to life perpetrated by the Iranian authorities.”
According to NGO sources, the Iranian authorities pressured the family of Rigi, 24 years old and of Baloch origin, to buried the body without an autopsy.
Likewise, Amnesty accuses the Iranian authorities of having provided the family with “conflicting information about the circumstances of his deathincluding blaming his death for a heart attack, to evade responsibility.
Informed sources from Amnesty assure that a forensic report written as soon as Rigi died confirms that died as a result of a beating while in custody, just an hour after her arrest in Zahedan, in the province of Sistan and Balochistan, one of the epicenters of protests against the authorities that broke out in September last year over the death, also in custody, of the young woman Mahsa Aminipresumably for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly.
“Anyone suspected of responsibility for the torture and death in custody of Ebrahim Rigi must be subject to a criminal investigation and held accountable in fair proceedings,” it added.
The AI statement states that “the death in custody of the 24-year-old Baloch protester Ebrahim Rigi on February 22, amid evidence pointing to torture, shows once again the horrible attack by the Iranian authorities on the right to life”
“Ebrahim Rigi died in a police station one hour after his arrest by security forces in civilian clothes. Informed sources said he was beaten when he was arrested on the street. An initial forensic evaluation of his body points to subsequent beatings while he was in custody at the police station,” he continues.
According to information obtained by Amnesty International, officers arrived at the police station an hour after Ebrahim Rigi’s arrest and, after an initial assessment, said that he had died as a result of beatings and that he had suffered injuries after his arrest.
In this regard, Amnesty International demands that “all reasonable suspects of responsibility for the torture and death in custody of Ebrahim Rigi must be criminally investigated and held accountable in fair proceedings.”
NGOs Iran Human Rights and hrana have denounced that between 488 and 527 people have died during the crackdown on protests over Amini’s death.
(With information from EP)
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