Media report, according to the athlete’s own statements, as well as statements by his family and human rights organizations, Afkari’s confession was obtained through torture. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Iran summons German ambassador over wrestler execution tweets
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08663861 A supporter of the National Council of Resistance Iran (NWRI) and the Iranian Exile Society in Berlin holds a placard with the picture of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, while protesting against his execution at the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany, 12 September 2020. The local judicial authority confirmed the execution, it is said. EPA-EFE/ALEXANDER BECHER In Iran, the death sentence against Navid Afkari has apparently been carried out. According to the Iranian judicial authorities, Afkari was accused of killing a security officer in a demonstration in Shiraz in 2018. According to the state news agency IRNA, the 27-year-old Afkari was executed in Adel-Abad prison in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz. EPA-EFE/ALEXANDER BECHER
A supporter of the National Council of Resistance Iran (NWRI) and the Iranian Exile Society in Berlin holds a placard with the picture of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, while protesting against his execution at the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany, 12 September 2020.
Hans: 🇩🇪🇪🇺German Government Human Rights Commissioner Baerbel Kofler issued the following statement on the shocking fate of Iran's🇮🇷world class athlete Navid Afkari. We share the grief of his family, friends and the international athletic community: https://t.co/AP80ins3rb
— GermanyinIran (@GermanyinIran) September 13, 2020
“Meddling in Iran’s laws, regulations and independent judicial procedures is by no means acceptable or tolerable,” the Iranian diplomat said, adding that “the German Embassy is expected to know the limits of its diplomatic mission and not to go beyond them.”
Iranian authorities accused Afkari of murdering a security guard during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018 and despite global outcry, Afkari was executed by hanging in the southern city of Shiraz, state news agency IRNA reported. “We were deeply shocked by the execution of Navid Afkari,” the German Embassy said in a twitter post on Sunday. Iran on Monday summoned Germany’s ambassador in Tehran, Hans-Udo Muzel, over a series of tweets “protesting against the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari. Amb. In a leaked recording released by Amnesty International, the 27-year-old wrestler said he had been tortured into making a confession, although the Iranian authorities have denied accusations. US President Donald Trump also defended Afkari, saying that his “sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets”. “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,” Afkari said in the recording. “It is not acceptable that basic legal rights be ignored in order to silence opposing voices,” the statement reads, adding that Navid’s two brothers are still in prison and “now they need our solidarity!”
According to a statement released by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the Foreign Ministry Director-General for Europe has strongly condemned the tweets of the German embassy as “undiplomatic” and interference in Iran’s domestic judicial affairs.