Iranian Student, Ali Younesi, Contracts Covid-19 in Prison
One of Iran’s top students, who were associated with the MEK who have been in prison, has now caught Covid-19, according to information provided by his brother on Twitter. Ali Younesi and another student, Amir Hossein Moradi, weren’t heard of for nearly a month after the Iranian regime’s judiciary finally admitted that they were in prison.
Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, who represents the judiciary, said that links had been established between the two students and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). When their homes were searched, “explosive devices used in sabotage operations were discovered,” it was alleged.
I urge the UN Secretary General and High Commissioner for #HumanRights to immediately intervene to save the lives of Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, and secure their release. #Iran pic.twitter.com/uplefu0jmo
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) June 12, 2020
Achievements of the two students
Younesi was the winner of the gold medal at the 2018 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in China. In 2016 and 2017 he was also the winner of both the silver and gold medals at the National Astronomy Olympiad. Amir Hossein in 2017 won the Olympiad silver medal.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said it is unconscionable that Ali Younesi should succumb to Covid-19. She has made a plea to that UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to get the two young people released from the notorious Evin prison immediately.
Regime using Covid-19 to eliminate critics of their regime
Covid-19 has been around long enough now that governments know how the virus can be contained, but the Iranian regime has so far not used any of these guidelines to prevent outbreaks in the prisons. It appears the mullahs are using this deadly pandemic to their benefit by not hanging members of the opposition but allowing them to catch the deadly COVID-19 instead.
Maryam Rajavi: “I urge the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for #HumanRights to immediately intervene to save the lives of Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, and secure their release.” #Iran https://t.co/M1fBf5wPbw
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 13, 2020
The famous duo of students has been under the watchful eye of several organizations since they were imprisoned and are now pressurizing the regime to release them. These include the following:
- well, known personalities;
- the Human Rights Federation of Italy;
- the Hands off Cain NGO from Italy;
- the Committee of Muslims in France;
- the Committee of French Mayors;
- some members of the European Parliament;
- parliamentary committees in Britain, Italy, Australia, Canada, and Belgium;
- Nobel laureates;
- many members of parliament;
- Irish MPs;
- 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;
- Amnesty International.
There should not be any Covid-19 in the prisons, because with the testing available no one should be entering the premises of a vulnerable institution like a prison if they are Covid-19 symptoms.
More international condemnation for the #Iranian regime’s arrest and torture of elite students Amir Hossain Moradi and Ali Younesi, along with 18 other people, for links with the Iranian opposition group (PMOI/MEK Iran).https://t.co/vqWgPkhLtD #Iran #MEK #NCRI @USAdarFarsi
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) June 1, 2020
However, it appears that the reverse is true and hundreds of thousands of prisoners were left to fight the virus on their own. One of the prisoners who fell victim to the virus wasn’t forced into self-isolation.
In the end, the virus has spread to several prisons, including the following:
- Evin Prison,
- Ghezelhesar prison,
- Gohardasht prison,
- Karaj Markazi Prison,
- Orumiyeh prison.
Tags: coronavirus, coronavirus (COVID-19), coronavirus in Iran, Human Rights, Iran Opposition, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), People's Mojahedin organization of Iran