By Syed Zafar Mehdi
The tragic death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman in police custody, still shrouded in mystery, has fueled angry protests in recent days. Social media was also abuzz with evocative hashtags calling for “justice”.
The Iranian people have the right to know what happened to Mahsa Amini and the circumstances in which she died. And authorities are legally and morally obligated to investigate the matter without fear or favor and to douse the raging flames of anger with justice and responsibility.
That said, the way the protests appear to have been hijacked by spoilers, both inside and outside the country, points to something deeply sinister. And this is not the first time. These agents provocateurs have always tried to seize these opportunities to sow chaos and disorder.
Burning the flag of the country, ransacking mosques and banks, attacking ambulances or hitting a random policeman in the street – these actions cannot be attributed to those who genuinely seek justice and accountability. There are things the eye cannot see.
Hours after the news broke on Friday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, who was in Uzbekistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, instructed the Interior Ministry to launch a meticulous investigation. about the incident. Later, he also spoke to the deceased woman’s father.
Top judicial official Mohseni Ejei, in his remarks on Monday, said he had asked judicial bodies to “thoroughly investigate” the case. On Tuesday, Speaker of Parliament Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf also joined in the chorus, saying the top legislature had placed the investigation into the 22-year-old’s death at the top of its agenda.
As is evident, there is no attempt to sweep the incident under the rug or fool people with rooster and bull stories. It is undeniable that the woman died in police custody. But the investigation is still ongoing, so it is unwise to take the plunge.
CCTV footage released by police shows the deceased woman collapsing after a brief exchange with a female police officer inside a police station. There appears to be no physical contact, leading to speculation that she may have had underlying health issues. She was later pronounced dead in a hospital.
The preliminary inquiry by parliament also ruled out the use of force on the 22-year-old from Kurdistan, pointing to her medical history and brain surgery years ago. However, the final report is still awaited.
The Home Office is also expected to deliver its report in a few weeks, which will shed light on the events leading up to his tragic death. The truth must prevail and that is something everyone agrees on.
Meanwhile, Western media are busy spinning the tragic event to advance their ‘regime change’ agenda in Iran, calling it ‘murder’ and accusing the authorities of ‘torture’, even before investigations are completed. . The lopsided coverage of Amini’s death has once again demonstrated how Western media and governments work in tandem to obscure the truth.
The cold-blooded, broad daylight murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has been called a “death” while the death of Mahsa Amini has been called a “murder.” It was the Israeli regime. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Many videos have made the rounds on social networks, some fake or old, broadcast with the intention of stirring up tensions at this sensitive time. Interestingly, many of Iran’s notorious critics in the West have also jumped on the bandwagon to advance their nefarious agendas.
That’s exactly what the deceased woman’s father, Amjad Amini, also warned in an interview with Tasnim news agency on Monday, disassociating his family from conspiracy theorists and unruly mobs. Justice, he declared, is all he wants.
What’s also interesting is how some Western leaders have suddenly turned into “sympathizers” of the Iranian people, the same leaders who refuse to lift or ease the sanctions that have killed tens of thousands of Iranians. over the years. The same leaders who have supported anti-Iranian terrorist groups as well as the illegitimate regime that has killed the country’s top scientists over the years.
Don’t get me wrong: they cannot be the Iranian people’s sympathizers. What they seek is disorder and chaos. Before talking about human rights in other countries, they could first put their house in order. For example, in the United States, 1,055 fatal police shootings were recorded in 2021, and before that 1,020 in 2020, with black Americans being the main targets. Human rights?
The likes of Antony Blinken, Rob Malley and the like should be more concerned with human rights abuses in their own countries before giving grandiose lectures to others. Americans are in no position to claim moral superiority. Their hands are soaked in the blood of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen and Syria.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian rightly hit back at US officials in a tweet on Tuesday, saying human rights have ‘inherent value’ for the Islamic Republic ‘unlike those who use them. as a tool against adversaries”.
“Instead of shedding crocodile tears, the United States must end #EconomicTerrorism,” the top Iranian diplomat wrote after the White House National Security Council called the Iranian woman’s death ” appalling and flagrant affront to human rights”.
Justice will prevail in the case of Mahsa Amini, and it should, but those tens of thousands in the United States, Afghanistan and Iraq, victims of American terrorism, will never see justice. As simple and straightforward as that.
Syed Zafar Mehdi is a Tehran-based journalist, editor and blogger. He has reported extensively on Kashmir, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran for leading publications around the world.
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