Iran executes wrestler whose case drew worldwide consideration

Tehran, September 12

Iran’s state TV is reporting that the nation’s authorities have executed a wrestler for allegedly murdering a person after President Donald Trump requested for the 27-year-old condemned man’s life to be spared.

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

Afkari’s case had drawn the eye of a social media marketing campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims focused over taking part in protests towards Iran’s Shiite theocracy in 2018.

Authorities accused Afkari of stabbing a water provide firm worker within the southern metropolis of Shiraz amid the unrest.

Iran broadcast the wrestler’s televised confession final week. The phase resembled lots of of different suspected coerced confessions aired over the past decade within the Islamic Republic.

The case revived a requirement contained in the nation for Iran to cease finishing up the dying penalty. Even imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, herself almost a month right into a starvation strike over situations at Tehran’s Evin jail amid the coronavirus pandemic, handed phrase that she supported Afkari.

Earlier, the US president Donald Trump tweeted out his personal concern about Afkari’s case.

“To the leaders of Iran, I would greatly appreciate if you would spare this young man’s life, and not execute him,” Trump wrote final week.

“Thank you!” Iran responded to Trump’s tweet with a virtually 11-minute state TV package deal on Afkari.

It included the weeping dad and mom of the slain water firm worker, Hassan Torkaman. The package deal included footage of Afkari on the again of a motorcycle, saying he had stabbed Torkaman within the again, with out explaining why he allegedly carried out the assault.

The state TV phase confirmed blurred police paperwork and described the killing as a “personal dispute”, with out elaborating.

It mentioned Afkari’s cellphone had been within the space and it confirmed surveillance footage of him strolling down a avenue, speaking on his telephone.

Also, Iran’s semiofficial Tasnim information company dismissed Trump’s tweet in a characteristic story, saying that American sanctions have damage Iranian hospitals amid the pandemic.

“Trump is worried about the life of a murderer while he puts many Iranian patients’ lives in danger by imposing severe sanctions,” the company mentioned. AP

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