Woman, 22, days after falling into a coma while in Iranian morality police custody

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into the circumstances of his death, Iranian news agency Isna reported on Friday.

On Tuesday evening, Mahsa Amini and her family, who had traveled from Iran’s Kurdistan region to visit relatives in the capital, Tehran, were arrested by a patrol of the vice squad — a dedicated unit that enforces codes strict clothing for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf.

According to IranWire, human rights activists who spoke to the family said police grabbed Amini and forced her into a police vehicle.

Her brother, Kiarash, tried to intervene and was told that her sister was being taken to the police station for an hour of “re-education”, IranWire reported.

Kiarash said he never saw his sister wake up again.

As he waited outside the police station for her release, an ambulance pulled up and quietly took his sister to the hospital.

In an interview with IranWire, Kiarash said she was told she suffered a heart attack or stroke while at the police station and was in a coma.

On Thursday, Tehran police said Amini suffered a “heart attack” following his arrest on Tuesday.

“The woman was sent to a police station in Greater Tehran for counseling and education when suddenly, in the presence of other people, she had a heart attack,” police said.

Amini’s family questioned the police version of events, saying she was a normal, healthy 22-year-old with no pre-existing heart conditions.

“There were only two hours between his arrest and his transport to the hospital,” Kiarash told IranWire.

A video released by Iranian state television purported to show Amini entering an “education” center where she received “advice” on proper Islamic dress, state media said.

The edited video shows CCTV footage of a woman taking a seat, then getting up to speak to an ‘expert’ who is touching her clothes, before she collapses to the ground.

The next clip shows five men carrying her on a stretcher, apparently unconscious. An ambulance is then shown in another frame.

There is a cut in the video at 19 seconds, after which the woman is seen standing and talking. Before the cut, it seems to be daylight outside. After cutting, it appears dark.

“Ms Amini does not look well and falls to the ground,” the state media reporter said.

It remains unclear what happened to Amini after her arrest and before she reported to the rehabilitation center. CNN is unable to verify that the woman in the video is Amini.

Iranian officials said on Saturday they had performed an autopsy on Amini’s body. Speaking on state television, Iran’s Forensic Organization director Mehdi Forozesh said the results would be made public after further examination by medical experts.

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to US President Joe Biden, said in a tweet on Friday that the White House is deeply concerned about Amini’s death.

Amini, “was allegedly beaten in police custody by the Iranian vice squad. His death is unforgivable. We will continue to hold Iranian officials accountable for these human rights abuses,” Sullivan tweeted.