Iran says they have executed a wrestler accused of killing a security guard during anti-government protests two years ago, proceeding with the sentence despite international outcry and pleas from President Trump and UFC chief Dana White to spare the man’s life.
Iranian authorities say Navid Afkari stabbed and killed Hassan Turkman during 2018 protests against the country’s ruling theocracy.
Supporters of the 27-year-old championship wrestler, however, said he was a political prisoner and was being unfairly targeted because of his participation in the protests.
“The retaliation sentence against Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Turkman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz,” the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, said in brief statement on state TV today
His case was taken up by Ultimate Fighting Championship boss Dana White and President Trump.
“To the leaders of Iran, I would greatly appreciate if you would spare this young man’s life, and not execute him. Thank you!”