Iran executes champion wrestler

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Iranian authorities have denied accusations of torture. Iran broadcast his televised confession last week. He was executed by hanging, according to state media. However, he said he had been tortured into making a confession. In a leaked recording released by human rights organisation Amnesty International, Afkari says: “If I am executed, I want you to know that an innocent person, even though he tried and fought with all his strength to be heard, was executed.”
Officials said Afkari was executed “this morning after legal procedures were carried out at the insistence of the parents and the family of the victim”. Authorities accused Afkari, 27, of stabbing the water supply company employee in the southern city of Shiraz. Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed after being convicted of stabbing to death a security guard, state media reported.

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Iran's national news agency IRNA confirmed 12 September 2020 Iran had executed Navid Afkari for a murder that he according to Iran's judicial authorities had confessed to. Many leading international organizations had protested the planned execution and asked Iran to spare Afkari’s life. EPA-EFE/NWRI HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A undated handout photo made available 12 September 2020 by National Council of Resistance Iran (NWRI) and the Iranian Exile Society, showing Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari at a undisclosed location. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Iran executes champion wrestler

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08663502 A undated handout photo made available 12 September 2020 by National Council of Resistance Iran (NWRI) and the Iranian Exile Society, showing Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari at a undisclosed location. Many leading international organizations had protested the planned execution and asked Iran to spare Afkari's life. EPA-EFE/NWRI Iran’s national news agency IRNA confirmed 12 September 2020 Iran had executed Navid Afkari for a murder that he according to Iran’s judicial authorities had confessed to.