24 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Amnesty International has denounced the death in custody and with indications of torture of protester Ebrahim Rigi last Wednesday, in what it 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, of Baloch origin, to bury the body without an autopsy being carried out.
Likewise, Amnesty accuses the Iranian authorities of having provided the family with “contradictory information about the circumstances of his death, including attributing his death to a heart attack, to evade responsibility.”
Informed sources from Amnesty assure that a forensic report written as soon as Rigi died confirms that he died as a result of a beating in detention, just an hour after his arrest in Zahedan, in the province of Sistan and Balochistan, one of the epicenters of the protests. against the authorities that erupted in September of last year due to the death, also in custody, of the young Mahsa Amini, allegedly 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 NGOs Iran Human Rights and Hrana have denounced that between 488 and 527 people have died during the repression of the protests over the death of Amini.