IRAN: PRISONER TORTURED TO DEATH; FAMILY FORCED TO SAY IT WAS CORONAVIRUS
June 21, 2020:
An Iranian prisoner was tortured to death by intelligence officers but his father was forced to sign the death off as coronavirus, according to the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, even though he has tested negative for the disease. (Source: irannewsupdate.com, 18/06/2020)
Seyed Kamal Hosseini, 34, who was held in Saqqez Prison, Kurdistan province, was severely beaten on 10 June by two agents, just hours after his arrest, but did not receive medical treatment until 12 June, when he was admitted to Khomeini Hospital at 2 pm in critical condition.
He died on 13 June, but his family was not told until two relatives went to the hospital. His body was released to his family after 30 hours; provided that his father signed a form to say his son died of coronavirus, which meant the body was buried according to health regulations, so the family was not even able to see his body.
The autopsy, who Hosseini’s family believes is a mere formality because his body was in the Coroner’s Office for just 30 minutes, says that the cause of death was a heart attack from coronavirus.