Iranian wrestler Naveed Afakari was killed despite international operations



The 27-year-old was killed in a jail in Shiraz, according to IRNA. According to Iran’s state media Mizan, he was sentenced to death in connection with the killing of Hasan Turkman, the security agent of the Iranian government’s water and sewage department, during the August 2018 protests in Shiraz.

Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili quoted Tehran municipality daily Hamshari on Wednesday as saying that the officer has been sentenced to the Islamic verdict [qisas] Or “vengeance-in-type.”

According to Hamsari, Esmailli stated that the Afghani was required to pay a restitution to the victim’s family. If he was unable to do so, the judiciary would need to be sentenced to death, because the case had already been reviewed by the Supreme Court and because the courts said that he had already confessed to killing Hassan Turkman.

Irna reported on Saturday that Afkari was killed after the victim’s family refused to forgive him and allowed him to pay the ban.

The World Players Association, an international body that represents professional athletes, had protested the punishment and threatened Iran for expulsion from international sports, including the Olympic Movement, when the execution was carried out.

A WPA statement said, “Naveed was one of thousands of Iranian civilians in Iran who had demonstrated against economic tightness and political repression that year.” “However, he has been unjustly targeted by Iranian officials who want to set an example out of a popular, high-profile athlete and intimidate others who want to use their human rights to participate in peaceful protests Can dare. “

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The WPA said in the statement that Afkari was sentenced to death twice after being tortured for making false statements.

Addressing the protests, Esmaeili said according to the Tehran newspaper that the Iranian judiciary led the judiciary to provide a controversial confession and re-enactment made by Afkari himself to the Iranian State TV IRIB with the aim of stopping the execution did.

Afkari’s case aroused interest beyond sports circles. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called for international intervention and a new trial.

US President Donald Trump joined last week, asking Iranian leaders to end Afkari’s life. “Hearing that Iran wants to kill a great and popular wrestling star, 27-year-old Navdeep Afakari, whose only task was an anti-government protest in the streets. They were protesting ‘the country’s deteriorating economic situation and inflation’.” Trump tweeted.

“To Iran’s leaders, I would be very appreciative if you would leave this young man’s life, and not execute him. Thank you !,” he said.

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