Rape victims are coming forward alleging the one of Iran’s leading Quran readers sexually molested them.
Saeed Toosi is considred one of Iran’s most celebrated Quran reader and was once considered an “exemplary model to be followed” according to Khamenei, current Supreme Leader of Iran.
The 46-year-old representative of Iran in the international Quranic competition, and the winner of the first prize both internationally and locally, has reportedly raped seven of his students aged between 12 ad 14, during the past seven years.
They decided to shed light on their cases and bring it to the public while an Iranian court attempts at covering up the sexual scandal under supposed direct orders from the Khamenei and the Supreme Judicial authorities.
Toosi adds up to a growing list of scandal facing Tehran, after series of economic ones have preoccupied the Iranian public.
In a television program broadcasted by The Persian Voice of America , three of the rape victims said that they have written evidence and audio recordings clearly pointing to Toosi in which he admitted with his own handwriting that it his actions were a “mistake”.
In an audio recording , Toosi is heard saying the that Khamenei is well aware of the situation, and had agreed with the head of the judiciary authority Sadek Larijani to cover up the case in order to safeguard the reputation of the Quranic institution in Iran.
One of the victims, a first prize winner in one of the recent Quranic competition, alleged that Toosi took advantage of him when he was his companion for a competition abroad. He deliberately booked one hotel room where he molested and raped the then 12-year-old.
The victims added that they filed complaints against the Quranic reader to officials in the House of the Leadership after they were were advised to. Yet officials have ignored their claims after receiving a“repentance letter “ where Toosi admitted his wrongoing and claimed “he is a changed man”.
*This article was originally reported on AlArabiya.net.SHOW MORE