The first hearing of court to examine charges facing Ehsan Mansouri, Majid Tavakoli, and Ahmad Ghassaban, the 3 AmirKabir university students, was held on 22 September by the 6th branch of the “revolutionary court”.
The session was not official and was held behind closed doors.
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah , the lawyer in charge of the case, told us after the court read out the students charges, they began their defense.
Prior to this, Judge Haddad, deputy prosecutor on security of courts in Tehran had previously announced the students’ charges to be insulting Islamic sacred values. The students in return had rejected all charges against them including, publication of insulting articles against “Islamic holy values”, through a letter from Evin prison.
Ahmad Gassaban, is the director of the student publication called “Sahar” and the first student nominee to take part in elections of the central committee of the AmirKabir student Association. He was arrested on 3 May 2007 , as he had approached the courts to deliver the students complaints of their University directorate, the Official news paper Keyahn and also Raja news site.
On 22 May, security forces attacked Ehsan Mansouris’ house, and while creating fear and beating up Mr.Mansouris’ family members, fired shots, arrested and confiscated his belongings.