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Iranian Tortured Protester Dies After Falling into Coma

Mehdi Zare Ashkezari. iranintl.com
Mehdi Zare Ashkezari. iranintl.com

A detained protester in Iran, who was hospitalized and fell into a coma after his temporary release, died after 20 days.

The funeral ceremony of Mehdi Zare Ashkezari was held in Ashkezar, Yazd province, while his name was first mentioned as one of the detainees during the protests.

Ali Janaban, one of Mehdi’s friends living in Bologna, Italy, confirmed the reports that he fell into a coma "a few hours after his temporary release" and "died after 20 days as a result of tortures in custody."

Mehdi was a university student in Bologna until two years ago, when he returned to Iran due to his family's need for his support.

The death of Mehdi had repercussions in the university where he studied and received coverage in some Italian media.

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