Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday said the death of a young woman that sparked protests in the Islamic republic should be investigated, but accused Western powers of hypocrisy for causing concern. hesitate.
At a news conference in New York, where he attended the United Nations General Assembly, the clerical leader reiterated the coroner’s conclusion that 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was not beaten, a conclusion held by the coroners. protestors denied.
“But I don’t want to jump to conclusions,” Raisi said.
“If there is any fault on either side, it must be investigated. I contacted the family of the deceased at the first opportunity and I personally assure them that we will continue to persevere in investigating the matter.” , he said.
Protesters, many of them women, say Amini died in the custody of ethics police, who enforce the state’s dress code for women.
Hours after Washington imposed sanctions on the police unit, Raisi accused the West of having “double standards”, pointing to US police killings and providing statistics on what happened. women’s deaths in England.
“Why not call for the same for those who lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement and other agents across Western Europe, North America, the United States of America?” he say.
“Those who are wrongly beaten, why aren’t they investigated?”
Raisi did not respond to a question about curbs on the internet inside Iran, where at least 17 people have died in unrest since Amini’s death last week, but said he accepted the peaceful protests. peace.
“These are normal and completely expected things,” he said. “But we have to distinguish between protesters and vandals.”
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