The death of Mahsa Amini, which has sparked anti-government protests across Iran, was an “excuse” by opponents of the Islamic Republic to foment unrest in the country, Iran’s judiciary chief said on Monday.
“Today it is obvious to everyone that the death of a girl was just an excuse,” Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei claimed.
Mohseni-Ejei cited a report by the Iranian Forensic Medicine Organization which claimed on Friday that Amini died of multiple organ failure and did not suffer any blows to the head and limbs.
Amini’s father, Amjad Amini, dismissed the report hours after it was published, saying there were traces of blood behind his daughter’s neck and ears and that many parts of her body, including her legs, were bruised.
Echoing statements by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei earlier this month, Mohseni-Ejei accused the US, Israel and “some European countries” of involvement in the ongoing unrest in Iran.
Anti-government protests erupted across Iran in mid-September after Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died in morality police custody after they arrested her for allegedly breaking the regime’s strict hijab rules in Tehran.
Activists and protesters say Amini was beaten by police officers while in detention, resulting in serious injuries that resulted in her death. The police deny the allegations.
Since Amini’s death, the protests have quickly escalated and become political, with demonstrations across the country. Demonstrators have chanted against Khamenei and called for the regime’s overthrow.
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