Iran Defies Global Outcry and Executes Champion Wrestler Navid Afkari

Iran Defies Global Outcry and Executes Champion Wrestler Navid Afkari


Iran executed a wrestler Saturday it accused of murder, defying international appeals led by U.S. President Donald Trump for the athlete to be spared.

Navid Afkari, 27, was sentenced to death over the murder of a security guard during a wave of anti-government protests that rocked the Islamic republic in 2018, although his supporters around the globe maintain he had been tortured into making a confession.

Human rights organisation Amnesty International described Afkari’s secret hanging in the southern city of Shiraz a “travesty of justice” as it drew protests on the streets of London.

Protesters wave the Lion and Sun flag of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the white flag of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, two Iranian opposition groups, as they demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in London on September 12, 2020 against the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari and against the Iranian government.(

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