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Iran’s plot to force two elite students into coerced confessions

Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi are under severe pressure from Iranian regime authorities to “confess” to crimes they have not commit
Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi are under severe pressure from Iranian regime authorities to “confess” to crimes they have not commit

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 9, 2020—Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, two elite students of Iran’s renowned Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, are under severe pressure from Iranian regime authorities to “confess” to crimes they have not committed.

Iranian regime authorities are carrying out a carefully planned plot to obtain coerced confessions from the two elite students. Aida Younesi, sister to Ali Younesi, tweeted that her brother has been by told by interrogators to cooperate with their demands to have his death sentence commuted to life in prison. It is worth noting that neither Ali Younesi nor Amir Hossein Moradi have had a single court session and it appears that the Iranian regime’s so-called judiciary has already issued a death sentence for at least Ali Younesi.

Interrogators also attempted to transfer Ali to a building claiming it was the Swedish Embassy in Tehran and placed a man wearing a suit and a tie in front of him. With such a scene and filming the footage at the same time, they were preparing the footage necessary for their televised confessions, according to reports.

Although the plan to arrange “talks with Swedish officials” failed miserably, authorities are constantly continuing their threats and deceptive measures against Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi in order to obtain their coerced confessions.

Reports indicate that last Tuesday, September 1, interrogators asked Ali if he is willing to meet with the Swedish Ambassador in Iran? Ali said in response: “First allow me to have a lawyer of my own choosing to consult with him. I do not trust you at all. You have fooled me twice: once you took to me the public prosecutor’s office before many other college students to pressure me so that maybe I would accept your irrelevant allegations.”

The next day, Wednesday, September 2, Ali was asked once again if he is willing to meet with various Swedish officials? In response, Ali said no and refused to take part in such a meeting with his lawyer.

Reza Younesi, Ali’s brother, who is currently in Sweden, said he discussed these issues and the remarks made by Iranian regime interrogators with the Swedish Foreign Ministry. It is now clear that these lies raised by the Iranian regime interrogators were a part of a coordinated effort to transfer Ali to a building described as the “Swedish Embassy” in Tehran, place a man in a suit with a tie before him and by filming the discussion they would obtain footage necessary for a televised confession.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry is now informed of the Iranian regime’s claims of preparing meetings with its ambassador in its embassy in Tehran to obtain coerced confessions for TV programs. Swedish officials said they would follow up in this regard, according to Reza Younesi.

Although the plot to hold “talks with Swedish officials” failed, regime authorities in Iran are continuing with their threats and deceptive measures. Younesi and Moradi are threatened that if they don’t confess, they will inevitably receive heavy sentences in court. The interrogators are openly saying the judge will issue a ruling based on their report and decision.

It is worth noting that the mullahs’ so-called judiciary acknowledged the arrests of Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi on May 5 after they had disappeared without any trace for three weeks.

Amir Hossein Moradi won a gold medal during the 2017 Olympiad. Ali Younesi received a gold medal during the 12th World Olympiad in 2018 in China, and prior to that he received gold and silver medals in 2016 and 2017 national Olympiad competitions.

Following a two-month long international campaign urging the release of these two elite students, the Fars news agency, linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), held a “show” in the mullahs’ judiciary on July 13. Younesi and Moradi were present at this event along with various Islamic associations and two interrogators, all intended to increase pressure on the two students, obtain coerced confessions and break down their spirits.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has time and again emphasized that the United Nations and the UN Human Rights Council should take action aimed at forcing the mullahs’ regime to allow an international delegation to visit its prisons and meet with these two students.

 

 

Increasing pressures on political prisoners

These events are taking place against the backdrop of increased pressure against Iranian political prisoners.

Iranian political prisoner Fatemeh Mossana is held in the quarantine section of Tehran’s notorious Evinb prison while very ill and deprived of any medical attention.

Ms. Mossana is suffering from severe abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhea, and cannot take in any food. However, instead of being transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment, prison authorities have merely placed her under a serum. Her family has been told that they must obtain the necessary medication and deliver them to the prison authorities as they have no responsibility over this political prisoner’s well-being.

It is worth noting that Ms. Mossana was transferred to Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital on August 19 after fainting from severe fever. However, under orders from Evin prison prosecutor Amin Vaziri she was transferred back to the jail and held in isolation ever since without ever receiving the medical care she urgently needed.

In another similar case, political prisoners Majid Assadi, Mohammad Amir Khizi, and Payam Shakiba have been transferred by authorities from ward 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison to Gohardasht prison of Karaj, a city located west of Tehran. This transfer took place on Monday, September 7, and the three political prisoners are placed in the quarantine section of Gohardasht prison. It is also worth noting that ward 209 of Evin prison is under the control and authority of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

The Iranian opposition NCRI issued a statement on July 24 indicating political prisoner Majid Assadi is one of the inmates held in Gohardasht prison for signing a statement alongside many other political prisoners exposing the true nature of Iraj Mesdagj, a known agent working closely with the mullahs’ regime and specifically the MOIS. Assadi and the other two political prisoners was transferred from Gohardasht prison to the torture chambers of ward 209 in Evin prison in Tehran where he was placed under severe interrogation and all types of pressures.

Based on the regime’s own so-called laws Majid Assadi’s dossier is considered closed after four years and serving two years of his sentence behind bars, and he should have bene released. However, the MOIS has requested a retrial and launched a new case in the Evin prison prosecutor’s office.

Through such measures the mullahs’ regime seeks to avenge the declaration signed by more than a thousand political prisoners unveiling the true nature of its agent Iraj Mesdaghi.