RFL/RE – An Iranian coroner’s report says Mahsa Amini’s death was not caused by blows to the head or limbs but was instead linked to disease, disputing family objections that the 22-year-old was in good health when taken into custody for purportedly wearing a hijab improperly.
The state-controlled ISNA news agency said on October 7 that the Forensic Medicine Organization had determined “underlying diseases” were the cause of death while making no mention of whether she had suffered any injuries. A report on state television added the forensic report showed Amini’s death was related to “surgery for a brain tumor at the age of 8.”
Amini was arrested on September 13 by Iran’s morality police and died three days later.
Eyewitness accounts said Amini had been beaten during her arrest while her father has said she suffered bruises to her legs, and has held the police responsible for her death, which has sparked a wave of protests across the country over the treatment of women and poor living conditions in the country in general.
At least 154 people, including nine children, have been killed during the 18 days of protest, according to a human rights group, with the government warning that the harsh crackdown by security forces against any dissent will continue.