The Iranian regime intensifies the persecution: now it has accused the lawyer of Mahsa Amini’s family of “propaganda against the system”

Mahsa Amini’s face became a symbol of the protests against the regime (Reuters) (BING GUAN /)

The Tehran Prosecutor’s Office has accused the lawyer for Mahsa Amini’s familywhose death in police custody sparked strong protests against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Saleh Nikbakhta lawyer for Mahsa Amini’s family, was summoned by the Tehran Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office accused of propaganda against the system”, reported this Tuesday the reformist newspaper shargh.

Nikbakht was put in bail until the hearing of the case is held.

The lawyer represents Amini’s family and has cast doubt on many of the Iranian authorities’ claims about the young woman’s death.

Thus, eight days after the death of the young woman in September 2022, the family filed a complaint against the police officers who arrested her for not wearing the veil properly.

At the end of October, Nikbakht requested a new forensic study, after the state investigation ruled that Amini died from a previous illness and not from police beatings, without success.

Nikbakht is not the only lawyer who has had problems with the Iranian Justice in recent months since at least 19 human rights lawyers were detained during the protests.

Protest in Tehran after the death of Mahsa Amini (Wana/Reuters)
Protest in Tehran after the death of Mahsa Amini (Wana / Reuters) (WANA NEWS AGENCY /)

The death of the 22-year-old Kurdish girl unleashed the biggest protests in decades against the Islamic Republiccarried out by young people shouting “woman, life, freedom”, who have almost disappeared after a repression that has caused almost 500 deaths and in which four protesters have been hanged.

Many women have stopped wearing the mandatory headscarf as a gesture of civil disobedience in the face of laws they consider unfair and a symbol of the discrimination they suffer.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said last week that wearing the Islamic headscarf is a legal obligation and a religious necessity for Iranian women to maintain a “chaste” life and ensure the safety of society.

pardons to protesters

Iran’s top leader has pardoned 22,000 detainees in recent protests that have swept the country, the government announced Monday. At first there was no independent confirmation of the mass release.

The statement by the head of the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi, offered a first glimpse of the extent of the government crackdown following the demonstrations triggered in September by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who had been detained by the country’s morality police.

It also indicates that Iran’s theocracy already feels secure enough to admit the extent of the protests, one of the most serious challenges to the government since the early months of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Tens of thousands of people were detained in the purges. that followed the revolution.

However, the indignation persisted in the countryaffected by the collapse of the national currency, the rial, as well as economic problems and uncertainty about its ties with the rest of the world after the collapse of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and international powers.

Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that monitors the crackdown, had reported more than 19,700 detainees in the protests. At least 530 people were killed in the violent crackdown on the demonstrations, according to the group. Iran has not released death tolls for months.

(With information from EFE and AP)

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