MEK Iran: Abuse of Political Prisoners by Mullahs
Amnesty International said on Monday that two Iranian students are at risk of being put on an unfair trial and possibly sentenced to death. Since their arbitrary arrest on April 10, 2020,
“Intelligence ministry agents abused them and held them in solitary confinement for long periods of time in deplorable conditions in order to extract forced ‘confessions.'” They are political prisoners who are being held for enjoying their right to family life, as per Amnesty International.
Their family didn’t know where they were until 26 days
Younesi, 21, and Moradi, 22, are being held at Evin prison’s ward 209, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). Following their detention, both were detained in solitary confinement for 60 days, which Amnesty International called a “violation of the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.” Their relatives didn’t find out where they were until 26 days after they were arrested.
Younesi’s left eye was injured during a beating by MOIS agents, but he was denied care. The prison guards left the lights on in his cell 24 hours a day, causing him grief and pain by giving him no notion of day or night. Younesi contracted Covid-19 in prison as well, despite not having access to competent medical care.
Mullah’s technique is to record videos of detainees
The Iranian dictatorship is well-known for extracting confessions through torture. It employs this technique to record and distribute videos of detainees in order to justify the atrocities it has done against them. Even before he went on trial in September 2020, interrogators advised Younesi to assist with their demands to have his death sentence changed to life in prison. They staged a pretend encounter with a person posing as a Swedish embassy employee in order to obtain confessions from him.
(Mofsed-e-filarz), a fictitious felony employed by the state to condemn dissidents to death. The two students were additionally charged with “gathering and conspiring to commit crimes against national security” as well as “spreading anti-system propaganda.”
Younesi and Moradi have been refused, access to lawyers
“The authorities violated their right to a fair trial by publicly accusing them of ties to ‘counterrevolutionary’ groups based on their families’ real or perceived ties to the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran),” Amnesty noted. “The regime has also falsely claimed to have discovered ‘explosive devices in their possession.” These allegations were refuted by both pupils. In January 2020, their interrogators accused them of destroying Iranian officials’ posters and participating in peaceful protests.”
Since their arrest, their case has attracted international attention. Many members of parliament, personalities, as well as international associations and bodies have called on the Iranian regime to release Moradi and Younesi.
Among them are 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.
Younesi took first place in the 12th International Olympiad
Since their detention, Younesi and Moradi have been refused access to a lawyer of their choice.”They continue to be held in separate sections of Section 209 without charge or trial, where, according to a relative, they are denied adequate healthcare and fresh air, and are forced to sleep on the floor.” “Ali Younesi has never had his eyes examined,” Amnesty International cautioned.
Younesi took first place in the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, which was held in China in 2018. In 2016 and 2017, he won the silver and gold medals in the National Astronomy Olympiad. In 2017, Amir Hossein earned a silver medal at the Olympiad.
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