IRAN: Concern over fate of star student who spoke out to Khamenei
Los Angeles Times / Borzou Daragahi
01-Nov-2009 (one comment)

It was near the end of a meeting Wednesday between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and a group of university students when the man who is Iran's highest political and spiritual authority asked if there were any other questions. He spotted a young man in the corner with his hand raised and called on him, asking him to go to the podium to speak through the public address system. 

What followed was an extraordinarily candid 20-minute speech by the student, later identified as national math Olympiad winner Mahmoud Vahidnia,
in which he publicly and explicitly criticized Khamenei for the government's conduct in the unrest that followed Iran's June 12 elections. 

Vahidnia, a first-year student of mathematics at Tehran's prestigious Sharif University, spoke without notes.

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by yolanda on

Thank you for the cool article. The guy is very brave to challenge Khamenei, the last emperor of Iran, in his face. It is good to humiliate him on the spot.......Mathematician has all the solutions! It is also good to hear his classmates are behind him and so are we!!