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Iranian student Ali Younesi contracts COVID-19 in prison

Ali Younesi
Ali Younesi

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 13, 2020—Iranian genius student and political prisoner Ali Younesi has contracted coronavirus in prison, his brother tweeted on Thursday.

Ali Younesi and another student, Amir Hossein Moradi, went missing on April 10. After 26 days, the Iranian regime’s judiciary admitted to having apprehended them and holding them in custody.

The Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili said that these two elites’ students had linked up with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi were accused with trumped-up charges such as being engaged in “diversionary actions” and “attempting to carry out sabotage operations.” The spokesperson of regime’s Judiciary said that “Explosive devices used in sabotage operations were discovered when their homes were searched.”

Ali Younesi

Ali Younesi

 

Younesi won the gold medal of the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, held in China in 2018. Earlier, he had won the silver and gold medals of the National Astronomy Olympiad in 2016 and 2017. Amir Hossein also won the Olympiad silver medal in 2017.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) called the contraction of Ali Younesi to the coronavirus as a flagrant crimes against humanity and urged in a statement the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately intervene to save the lives of Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, and secure their release.

 

 

“It seems that the clerical regime is deliberately doing this, particularly under international pressure for the release of Amir Hossein Moradi and Ali Younesi and seeks to eliminate them by the coronavirus. The mullahs are taking advantage of the pandemic, replacing hanging executions of prisoners by infection with the deadly virus. Otherwise, infections could be prevented through isolation, quarantine, and other preventive measures and treatment,” said Mrs. Rajavi in her statement.

Many members of parliament, personalities, as well as international associations and bodies have called on the Iranian regime to release Moradi and Younesi. They include Nobel laureates, a group of members of the European Parliament, Amnesty International, parliamentary committees in the UK, Italy, Australia, Canada and Belgium, the Human Rights Federation of Italy, the Hands off Cain NGO from Italy, the Committee of Muslims in France, Irish MPs, the International Committee in Search of Justice representing 4,000 MPs in Europe and the U.S., the committee of MPs from Romania, MPs and dignitaries from Arab countries, and the Committee of French Mayors.

Tehran’s Fashafouyeh prison

Tehran’s Fashafouyeh prison

 

The Iranian Resistance had repeatedly called that Iran’s prisons are the most vulnerable centers hit by coronavirus. The NCRI had called on the “United Nations Secretary-General, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, and other international human rights organizations to take urgent action to save the lives of the prisoners, and prevent a major humanitarian catastrophe.”

Hundreds of thousands of prisoners were abandoned defenseless against the virus. Reports indicated that prison officials denied prisoners’ demands to isolate the suspected coronavirus-infected prisoners which caused the coronavirus outbreak reaching several prisons, including Gohardasht prison, Evin Prison, Karaj Markazi Prison, Ghezelhesar prison and Orumiyeh prison.