Burning body of Maryam Faraji, a 33-year-old civilian activist and master student of International Management major, who left her home on Thursday, July 5th, 2018, was discovered by the police. The medical examiner confirmed the identity of the burned body by taking DNA from her father.
According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Maryam Faraji’s burned body was discovered by the police, while her family search and frequent visits to police and related agencies did not get anywhere.
“The dead body of Mary and her vehicle were discovered by the police a few days ago, but the medical examiner has not yet released her body to her family,” a source informed, on Saturday, July 14th, 2018. “
Earlier, Mohammad Aghasee, Mariam Faraji’s defense attorney, on Thursday, July 12th, 2018, in a tweet announced the possibility of killing of the civil activist and wrote: “It seems that my client (Ms. Maryam Faraji) who was sentenced to three years imprisonment and two years of ban from leaving country by the Revolutionary Court Branch 26, has been killed.
On January 2nd, 2018, during the student’s unrest and protests, Maryam Faraji was arrested in Tehran, and she was interrogated for 10 days in Evin Information Section 209.
The preliminary trial of the civil activist was held in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court under the chairmanship of Judge Ahmadzadeh on April 8th, 2018, and was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and 2 years ban on leaving the country.
Mohammad Hussein Aghasee in May 2018, became Maryam Faraji’s lawyer, and after three times preparing for the defense case, Judge Ahmadzadeh finally added the document to her case.
In the January protests, a large number of people were arrested and interrogated in various cities. During these protests, at least 25 people were killed and around 5,000 were arrested throughout Iran.
Secretary of State Rahmani Fazli acknowledged in his latest interview that “the January 2018 protests occurred in 100 Iranian cities, where protests in 40 cities became violent.”
Some detainees were released on bail until the trials were held, and some were taken to prison.
The protests began in Mashhad on December 29th, 2017, but unrest quickly spread to other cities. The security forces have responded to these protests with increasing ferocious violence.