Iranian officials have changed the cause of death for a Kurdish PhD student for the third time from a terminal illness to flu and now alcohol abuse – with none of them explaining the massive head injuries that she also suffered.
The government has frequently been accused of changing circumstances around a person’s death as new information comes to light that rules out the first hypothesis, in the case of Nasrin Ghaderi, 35, seems to be more of the same.
The Kurdish PhD student was allegedly beaten into a coma by security police at an anti-regime demo and later died in hospital.
Nasrin was allegedly struck on the head by baton-wielding security police at a street protest in Tehran on 4th November. She was taken to hospital but died later that day.
However, she was initially reported to have died from an underlying illness and later from the flu (influenza).
But now the latest hypothesis is that she died from drinking too much illegal methanol alcohol.
Nasrin had moved from her home in Marivan, Kurdistan Province to the Iranian capital Tehran to study for a doctorate in philosophy.
Residents of her hometown took to the streets chanting “Death to Khamenei” – Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei – on 6th November.
Rights groups said security police opened fire on those protesting her death, wounding dozens.
Regime officials allegedly pressured her father to state that Nasrin had died of ‘flu’ and an ‘underlying disease’.
And pro-regime media claimed that one of her in-laws had found her dead after breaking into her home.
Pro-regime media also claimed that Nasrin had a ‘pre-existing heart condition’ and had died from ‘poisoning’.
She was buried in her hometown – as seen in this footage – under the watchful eye of the security police.
Iranian ethnic minorities – notably Kurds – are said to have disproportionately suffered from state repression during the ongoing protests.
Mahsa Amini – whose death at the hands of morality police in September sparked the current wave of protests – was also Kurdish.
The protests have so far claimed at least 356 lives and injured at least 1,160, according to independent estimates.