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Khamenei's Niece Arrested after Urging World to Cut Ties with Iran

Khamenei's Niece Arrested after Urging World to Cut Ties with Iran

Sunday, 27 November, 2022 - 16:30
A video of a statement by Farideh Moradkhani was being widely shared online

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's niece, a well known rights activist, has called on foreign governments to cut all ties with Tehran over its violent crackdown on popular unrest kindled by the death in police custody of a young woman.


A video of a statement by Farideh Moradkhani, an engineer whose late father was a prominent opposition figure married to Khamenei's sister, was being widely shared online after what activist news agency HRANA said was her arrest on Nov. 23.


"O free people, be with us and tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous and child-killing regime," Moradkhani said in the video. "This regime is not loyal to any of its religious principles and does not know any rules except force and maintaining power."


Khamenei's office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.


HRANA said 450 protesters had been killed in more than two months of nationwide unrest as of Nov. 26, including 63 minors.


It said 60 members of the security forces had been killed, and 18,173 protesters detained.


The protests were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini after her arrest for "inappropriate attire.”


Jalal Mahmoudzadeh, a member of parliament from the mainly Kurdish city of Mahabad, said on Sunday that as many as 105 people had been killed in Kurdish-populated areas during the protests. He was speaking during a debate in parliament as quoted by the Entekhan website.


On Nov. 23, Mahmoud Moradkhani reported his sister's arrest as she was heeding a court order to appear at the Tehran prosecutor's office. Farideh had been arrested earlier this year by Iran's Intelligence Ministry and later released on bail.


HRANA said she was in Tehran's Evin security prison. Moradkhani, it said, had earlier faced a 15-year prison sentence on unspecified charges.


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