Iran Judiciary Admits Arrest of Two Gifted Students
The Iranian Judiciary has admitted on 7th May 2020 - 26 days after their arrest - that they have indeed arrested two elite students from the Sharif University of Technology on 10th April 2020.
On 10th April, Amir Hossein Moradi, who won the National Astronomy Olympiad silver medal in 2017, disappeared. A fellow studnt, Ali Younesi 20 years old, who won the gold medal at the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2018, was arrested and returned home that evening with injuries and torture marks.
A few hours later, Ali Younesi was arrested again, this time with his parents, and interrogated for hours under pressure. Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili 26 days after their forced detainment said that Moradi and Younesi were arrested for their support of the Iranian Resistance. He listen a few trumped-up national security charges that are often stated against political prisoners, for example, that they were performing "diversionary actions” and “attempting to carry out sabotage operations”.
He even claimed that the state security agents had found “explosive devices used in sabotage operations” during the search of the students’ homes, but this is highly unlikely to be true.
These trumped up charges are a tactic the Iranian regime has often used to oppress and bring fear among students so that they do not rise against the dictatorial government of Iran.
The students at Sharif University have been holding protests, demanding to know the fate of their friends.