Iran Executes Wrestler Despite Trump Appeal, International Outcry

Iran Executes Wrestler Despite Trump Appeal, International Outcry


Iranian state TV on Saturday reported that the country’s authorities executed a wrestler for alleged murder after President Donald Trump asked for the 27-year-old’s life to be spared.

State TV quoted the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as saying: “The retaliation sentence against Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Torkaman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz.”

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Afkari’s case had drawn the subject of a social media campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran’s Shiite theocracy in 2018.

Authorities accused Afkari of stabbing a water supply company employee in the southern city of Shiraz amid the unrest.

Iran broadcast the wrestler’s televised confession last week. The segment resembled hundreds of other suspected coerced confessions

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