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Iranian Authorities Dismiss Case over Teenage Protester’s Death

November 7, 2023
1 min read
Abolfazl Adinezadeh lost his life after being hit by 24 pellets in the northeastern city of Mashhad on October 8, 2022. His family filed a complaint to seek justice for the teenager’s death
Abolfazl Adinezadeh lost his life after being hit by 24 pellets in the northeastern city of Mashhad on October 8, 2022. His family filed a complaint to seek justice for the teenager’s death

The Iranian judiciary has closed the case initiated by the family of a 16-year-old boy shot dead during nationwide protests last year, in yet another instance of the rampant impunity enjoyed by security forces in the country. 

Abolfazl Adinezadeh lost his life after being hit by dozens of pellets in the northeastern city of Mashhad on October 8, 2022. His family filed a complaint to seek justice for the teenager’s death. 

In a statement issued through their lawyer on November 6, the family said that the Khorasan Razavi Military Prosecutor's Office decided to close the case due to "insufficient concrete evidence to support the claim that military and law enforcement personnel used shotguns."

"We are completely sure and aware that the killer of Abolfazl is Mashhad's special unit," the family said, insisting that they had "no illusions about receiving justice."  

The statement added that the authorities have blocked access to footage recorded by CCTVs around the site of the tragedy, alleging that the cameras were either non-functional or failed to capture the incident.

Adinehzadeh was one of the many casualties of the anti-establishment protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

More than 500 people were killed by security forces during the unrest and over 20,000 were unlawfully detained.

Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters. Seven of them have been executed so far.

Meanwhile, the authorities have exerted pressure on the victims' families through collective arrests and the summoning of grieving families by security agencies.

Adinezadeh’s father, Ali, his sister Marzieh, and one of his uncles, Reza, were temporarily arrested in June, on the eve of what would have been the teenager’s 17th birthday.

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