Shahnaz Akmali, whose son was killed during a period of unrest following Iran’s 2009 presidential election, has been arrested by the country’s Intelligence Ministry for unknown reasons.
According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, agents raided Akmali’s house and took her to an undisclosed location.
Akmali’s son, Mostafa Karim Beigi, was a victim of the fateful “Ashura protests,” a series of demonstrations against the 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hundreds of protestors were arrested and seven were killed by security forces — Beigi among them. He was shot in the head, but Iranian authorities have refused to conduct an investigation into his killing.
Prior to her arrest, Akmali made numerous attempts to seek retribution for her son in Iran’s courts. She also joined mothers of other victims of political violence to demand justice for their children.
According to the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom, whose founder Masih Alinejad spoke about Akmali’s plight and how she was advocating for the distraught mother at the 2016 Women in the World Summit in New York, Akmali had shaved her head in solidarity with political prisoners being held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. “My son was shot in the head, in the street of Tehran.
“My son and many other protesters were unarmed and barehanded. They were just peacefully protesting,”Akmali said in an interview with Alinejad for a documentary produced by Manoto TV. “And I have not still been able to answer this moral question: How could they shoot and kill my son? As a mother how [do] they want me to keep silent? From the day that I lost my son till the end of my life I am going to be the voice of my son and crying for justice. I am not scared of anything.”
Watch the full discussion from the New York Summit in the video below and below that watch the full documentary.
Read the full story at the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.