Dubai : Iranian authorities have denied reports security forces killed a 16 – year – old girl during protests ignited by the death of a woman in police custody, Iranian media reported on Friday, saying she committed suicide by falling off a roof.
Social media reports and rights group Amnesty International has said Sarina Esmaeilzadeh was killed by security forces when she was struck with batons on the head during protests over the death of 22 – year – old Mahsa Ami ni in morality police custody. Authorities earlier this week gave a similar cause of death for Nika Shakarami, 17, who activists say was killed in Tehran while demonstrating.
The chief justice of Alborz province where Esmaeil zadehdied said a preliminary investigation showed her death was caused by suicide from a fall from the roof of a five-story building, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. Chief justice Hossein Faze li Herikandi said claims about her death were ” lies “. ” Based on her mother’s account, Esmaeilzadeh had a history of suicide attempts, ” he said. Amnesty International, in a September 30 report, said she was one of at least 52 people killed by security forces, saying Esmaeilzadeh ” died after being severely beaten in the head with batons “. Earlier this week, state media said a judicial case had been opened into Shakarami’s death, citing officials claiming she had fallen off a roof.