The Iranian regime’s Judiciary announced on Tuesday, May 5, after almost a month of secrecy, that it had arrested Amir Hossain Moradi and Ali Younesi. The Judiciary spokesperson, Gholam-Hossain Esmaili, claimed that these students had engaged in “diversionary actions” and were “attempting to carry out sabotage operations.” “Explosive devices used in sabotage operations were discovered when their homes were searched,” he said.
Amir Hossein Moradi disappeared on April 10, and Ali Younesi was brought home in the evening of the same day, with injuries and torture marks. Ali 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.
Reports from Iranian prison indicate that Younesi and Moradi, have both contracted COVID-19. Conditions in the prisons are dire. Prisoners report that they do not have clean clothes to wear, nor do they have soap to wash themselves with. In light of this coronavirus, it is worrying to hear that standards of cleanliness and health are not being upheld in prisons.