Nasser Moradi, the father of imprisoned protester Amirhossein Moradi, is understood to have committed suicide at his home on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The reformist news channel Emtedad was the first to break the news after speaking to Mr. Moradi’s wife, Amirhossein’s mother. "This morning,” she told them, “his body was found in the basement, and security forces have been at the house since this morning. For several hours now, a number of IRIB reporters have been in the garden asking for an interview. But they’ve left now."

Emtedad’s report suggests the cause of Nasser Moradi's suicide was the extreme pressure being placed on the family and fears about the fate of his son. Amirhossein, 26, was sentenced after attending a demonstration in November 2019. The sentence was commuted but the young man remains in custody and has faced beatings and physical coercion to sign a forced confession.

Mehdi Mahmoudian, a civil and political activist living in Iran, slammed the journalists who attended the Moradi family home in the aftermath, writing on Twitter that their true purpose was to extract a testimony against Amirhossein from a grieving family and “publish it in your sludge”.

Amirhossein Moradi was born on August 6, 1994 and has a degree in computer science. Prior to his arrest in Tehran along with two other young men, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, he had been working as a seller of mobile phones, computers and software.

The three men were accused of being “riot leaders” sentenced to death by the Iranian authorities in summer on trumped-up security charges. Following widespread condemnation both on social media and by international bodies including the UN, their executions were put on hold and it was reported that the Supreme Court had agreed to reconsider their case. No new information has been released about them for the last two months.

 

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