Iran Sentences Wrestling Champ Navid Afkari to Death Over Peaceful Protests
An Iranian wrestling champion is set to be executed for his alleged role in a protest against the government in 2018 … and now people around the world are begging for mercy.
Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Iran confirmed age of 27 Navid Afkari received TWO death sentences for participating in protests against the government’s economic policies.
Afkari is a decorated wrestler in Iran who has medalized in several national tournaments, according to multiple reports.
Navid and his 2 brothers have each been charged with more than 20 different crimes – including “attending illegal gatherings, rallies and conspiring to commit crimes against national security, and insulting the Supreme Leader”.
All 3 men have been found guilty – but Navid is the only one to die for the alleged crimes.
His brothers each received long prison terms – and were ordered to receive 74 lashes.
In addition to his death sentences, Navid is also expected to receive 74 lashes.
Navid’s mother made a video condemning the mock trial against her sons … calling it an “unfair trial full of lies”.
“My sons couldn’t defend themselves at all.”
In addition, the Human Rights Activists’ News Agency says it has a letter from Navid explaining how the Iranian authorities used torture to obtain a confession.
In the purported letter, Navid says his captures used a plastic bag to cover his head and poured alcohol into his nostrils.
No word on when Navid will be executed – but watch groups are calling on foreign governments to intervene quickly … before it’s too late.
Our sincere thanks to