1001 GMT December 09, 2022
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf assigned the Parliament’s Domestic Affairs Committee with the task of reporting their expert conclusions to the Iranian people and members of Parliament with the utmost accuracy.
“Apart from studying the death of Mahsa Amini, the committee is obliged to inspect the processes and methods of the Morality Police of Greater Tehran to rectify the existing faults and prevent similar cases from arising,” he said, adding that Iranians would not let the enemies of the nation take advantage.
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from the city of Saqqez, in the province of Kurdestan, was transported to the building of the Morality Police by the Guidance Patrol. According to the initial examinations, she suffered from a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital, where she slipped into a coma and died three days later.
Amini’s death greatly shocked and troubled the Iranian society. In the aftermath of the incident, Iranian protesters staged demonstrations in a number of cities including Sanandaj, Rasht, Mashhad, and Tehran. The demonstrations were dispersed by the police.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, who was in Uzbekistan at the time of Amini’s death, tasked Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi to look into the matter urgently. After returning from his trip, the president conveyed his condolences to Amini’s family by phone and promised that the incident would be carefully investigated.
“Your daughter was like my own daughter,” said Raeisi.
The death, which drew widespread reactions domestically, prompted other countries including the U.S. to meddle in the internal affairs of Iran. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian echoed President Raeisi’s order for investigating the “tragic death of Mahsa” in a tweet and said: “Instead of shedding crocodile tears, the U.S. must end economic terrorism.”
Abdolreza Pourzahabi, the Leader’s representative in Kurdestan Province, said that he had a two-hour meeting with Amini’s family and assured them that all state bodies would take action to defend Miss Amini’s rights, which had been violated.
Mahsa’s father Amjad Amini said on Tuesday, “My family and I expect that the perpetrators and persons who caused the death of my daughter Mahsa would be interrogated publicly and punished for their actions so that my daughter’s blood would not have been shed in vain.”
He described the president’s phone call and his promise to follow up on the issue as moral support for his family.
“Those who seek to exploit Mahsa’s death have nothing to do with us and we have nothing to do with them. They are not sympathetic to us,” he added.