Friday , 22 September 2023

Suspicious Deaths at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University

Iranwire – The second “suspicious death” was reported at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University in a week, sparking outrage among students.

The university's student union council reported that Yousef Sweizi, a master's student in mining engineering, died on June 7 after experiencing a cardiac arrest in his dorm room

The university’s student union council reported that Yousef Sweizi, a master’s student in mining engineering, died on June 7 after experiencing a cardiac arrest in his dorm room. 

Sweizi was pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts to resuscitate him, the council said, blaming the “negligence” of university officials for the death.

Sweizi’s body was transferred to a forensic specialist who will conduct toxicology and pathology tests. 

During the initial examination, no signs of injury were found on the body.

The incident came after the Telegram channel of the university students reported that Basir Ebrahimpour, a mechanical engineering student at Amir Kabir University, died on May 31 after suffering a heart attack.

It said the negligence of university authorities and the failure of the university’s emergency services to provide timely assistance to the student led to his demise.

Describing Ebrahimpour as a “hard-working and talented student,” the university’s board of directors attributed his cardiac arrest to pre-existing heart problems. 

The student union council accused the university’s officials of downplaying the severity of the incident and held them responsible for the student’s death.

Students have attributed recent deaths at university campuses to the negligence of university administrators or emergency crews. 

Mohadeseh Bakhtiari, a sports student at Zanjan University recently succumbed to injuries sustained in a car accident within the university premises. Students say the university authorities’ failed to provide timely assistance.

And on June 2, the newspaper Etemad reported the suspicious death of Zahra Jalilian, a 32-year-old PhD student at Tehran University.

Her family and lawyer told Etemad that the university declared the cause of death as a “suicide,” without presenting any evidence.

The university’s security team refused to provide the family with footage from surveillance cameras. 

Jalilian’s family firmly believes she was murdered.

This year’s academic year started amid nationwide anti-government protests sparked by the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in custody of morality police.

Students were at the forefront of the protest movement, and many of them refused to attend classes for weeks in defiance of the authorities’ warnings. 

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