Iranian Labor News Agency via AP, FileIn this June 25, 2018, file photo, a group of protesters chant slogans in Tehran, Iran. (Iranian Labor News Agency via AP, File)
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.”
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.