Wrestler Navid Afkari Executed In Iran Despite Plea from President Trump
Iranian wrestling champion Navid Afkari was executed in Iran, officials confirm.
The 27-year-old was hanged Saturday morning in Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz, according to Iranian state media IRNA.
As we stated earlier, Afkari participated in a peaceful 2018 protest against government policies. But officials later accused him of stabbing an employee of a water supply company during the protests.
Afkari apparently confessed to the stabbing in a video released by Iranian officials last week … but most believe the confession was forced after being tortured.
Afkari – a decorated wrestler in Iran who won a medal in several national tournaments – had been sentenced to TWO death sentences for his alleged crimes in order to send a message to the rest of the country.
President Trump had tweeted to the Iranian government earlier this month asking them to spare Afkari’s life.
“Hearing that Iran is seeking to execute a big and popular wrestling star, Navid Afkarai, 27, whose only act was an anti-government demonstration in the streets,” Trump said.
“They were protesting against ‘the worsening economic situation of the country and inflation’.”
In the end, Iran ignored Trump’s request.
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