Iran: une centaine d’arrestations dans l’affaire des écolières intoxiquées

The case began two months after the start of the protest movement which followed the death in detention of Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested by the customs police who reproached her for having broken the dress code.

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A hundred people were arrested in Iran as part of the investigation into the mysterious affair of poisoning in girls’ schools, which aroused strong emotion in the country, said the Ministry of the Interior in A press release relayed on Sunday March 12 by the official news agency Irna.

“More than 100 people suspected of being responsible for incidents in schools have been identified, arrested and questioned,” it said in this press release, which specifies that the arrests took place in several provinces, including those of Tehran and Qom (North), Azerbaijan-Oriental and Western (North-West), Kurdistan and Hamadan (West).

Some suspects aimed at “instilling a climate of fear among students and closing schools”, he continues, evoking “possible links with terrorist organizations” such as people’s mujahideen (MEK). “Fortunately, since the midst of last week, the number of incidents has decreased significantly” and there have not been “new cases of sick students”, adds the ministry.

more of 5,000 cases listed

Since the start of the case, at the end of November, students from many establishments, most of them, have been affected by sudden poisoning by gases or toxic substances that caused discomfort and fainting Sometimes leading to hospitalizations.

The authorities have counted “more than 5,000” in “some 230 schools” located in twenty-five of the thirty-five and a provinces of the country. Faced with the multiplication of cases, parents of students and residents had mobilized to express their concern and call the authorities to act. On March 6, the Iranian supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claimed “severe sorrows”, going as far as the death penalty, against those responsible for these poisonings, which he called “unforgivable crimes”.

The case began two months after the start of the protest movement that followed death in detention, on September 16, of Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested by the police of the mores who reproached him for having violated the dress code notably imposing the wearing of the veil.