Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said the death of a woman in police custody must be investigated after it sparked widespread protests.

Speaking on a visit to the UN General Assembly in New York, Mr Raisi accused the West of hypocrisy for raising concerns over Mahsa Amini’s death.

She died hours after morality police arrested her for allegedly breaking headscarf rules.

At least 17 people have died in the worst unrest in Iran for years.

Ms Amini, a Kurdish woman from the north-western city of Saqez, died in hospital in Tehran on Friday following three days in a coma.

Mr Raisi repeated a coroner’s conclusion that the young woman had not been beaten. Iranian police said she had suffered “sudden heart failure”.

Protesters reject the state’s conclusions, pointing to reports that officers beat Ms Amini’s head with a baton and banged her head against one of their vehicles.

Credit: BBC

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