Mahsa Amini’s father has said that a medical examiner who he disagreed with over how his daughter died told him: “I write whatever I want, whatever is in the best interest of the country. It has nothing to do with you!”
He also said that he and Mahsa’s uncle are being threatened and pressured into giving an interview to the Iranian state broadcaster.
Amjad Amini has said that he and his brother-in-law have received threats from Iranian security officials to try to force them to give an interview to Sedavasima, also known as the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), according to the independent, London-based Iranian news organisation Iran International.
The IRIB is a state-controlled media corporation that has a monopoly over radio and television inside Iran.
Iran International quoted Amjad Amini as saying on Wednesday, 19th October: “Gentlemen even threatened me and my brother-in-law that we should come and give an interview to Sedavasima.”
He added: “Islamic Republic Radio was the last media that contacted me, and I told them frankly that I will not interview with the Radio under any circumstances.
“Three weeks later, they called me and expected me to speak! I said to them: ‘What is the reason for me to give you an interview?'”
Amjad Amini said that he “didn’t allow Sedavasima to talk at all so that they could make their request”.
He also criticised the medical examiner’s final report on the death of his daughter Mahsa, which concluded that she had not died of trauma, saying: “I do not accept the opinion of the medical examiner in any way. On the day I wanted to collect the body from the medical examiner, they did not allow me to see my daughter.
“Even one of the forensic doctors got into a fight with me.”
He added: “I begged the Deputy Medical Examiner to let me see my daughter, but he did not allow me. The deputy medical examiner’s answer to me was this: ‘I write whatever I want, whatever is in the best interest of the country. It has nothing to do with you!'”
Amjad Amini reiterated his position that Mahsa died as a result of being assaulted by the country’s morality police and said: “According to several girls who were in the van with Mahsa and came to the hospital, Mahsa told the officers: ‘Please let me go, I am a stranger here and my brother is young, he is lost. Let me go.'”
He added: “If there really wasn’t a camera on the clothes or inside the van, why did they tell such a lie to her cousin that you should stand over there so you wouldn’t be on our camera…?!
“On the other hand, when I asked to check the cameras inside the van, they told me that at the time, the cameras had run out of charge and the camera could not record the moments when Mahsa was inside the van.
“The evidence shows that there was a camera inside the van and all the minutes that my daughter was in that car were recorded.”
Speaking about when he finally did get to see his daughter’s lifeless body, Amjad Amini also told Iran International: “I saw with my own eyes that there was a lot of blood from the eyes, ears and neck.
“The left side of Mahsa’s body was black and bruised! My question is, if my daughter died a natural death, why were there bruises and bruises on her body? I have asked this question many times, but they have not given me any answer so far.”
The Iranian Forensic Medicine Organisation, affiliated with the judiciary of the Islamic Republic, has recently issued a statement claiming that Mahsa Amini’s death was not caused by a blow to the head or to her vital organs.
After announcing the death of Mahsa Amini, the Kasri Hospital announced in a statement that she was transferred to the hospital without “vital signs” and in a state of “brain death” and that 48 hours after a resuscitation procedure was carried out, she suffered cardiac arrest again and died.
But Kasri Hospital was reportedly forced to remove its announcement from social networks as a result of pressure from the security forces.
Mahsa Amini, 22, from Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, was on a visit to Tehran when she was arrested by morality police accused of violating hijab rules on 13th September.
She was allegedly beaten while in custody and spent the following days in a coma in the hospital before succumbing in the ICU on 16th September.
The clinic where she was treated said in a now-deleted social media post that she had been admitted brain-dead.
Alleged medical scans of her skull leaked by hackers showed that she had suffered bone fractures, haemorrhages, and brain oedema.
Anti-regime media are claiming that Mahsa’s medical records showing her history of heart disease were faked by the Iranian government.
The protests her death sparked are ongoing and, according to the non-profit Iran Human Rights, at least 201 people, including 28 children, have been killed so far, according to its latest figures released on 12th October.