Navid Afkari

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Iran has executed a wrestler accused of homicide, state media report, defying worldwide appeals for him to be spared.

Navid Afkari, 27, was sentenced to loss of life over the homicide of a safety guard throughout a wave of anti-government protests in 2018.

He mentioned he had been tortured into making a confession.

A union representing 85,000 athletes worldwide was amongst these to name for a keep of execution.

The World Gamers Affiliation mentioned he had been “unjustly focused” for collaborating within the protests, and referred to as for Iran’s expulsion from world sport if it went forward with the execution.

US President Donald Trump additionally appealed for mercy, saying the wrestler’s “sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets”.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) referred to as his execution “very unhappy information” and mentioned their ideas have been along with his household and mates.

“It’s deeply upsetting that the pleas of athletes from around the globe and all of the behind-the-scenes work of the IOC… didn’t obtain our aim,”

their assertion mentioned.

Afkari was executed by hanging within the southern metropolis of Shiraz, state media report.

His brothers Vahid and Habib have been sentenced to 54 and 27 years in jail in the identical case, in keeping with human rights activists in Iran.

In an audio recording leaked from the jail the place he’s being held, Afkari mentioned he had been tortured. His mom mentioned her sons have been pressured to testify towards one another.

The brothers’ lawyer, Hassan Younesi, mentioned on Twitter that opposite to Iranian information stories, there was no video of the second of the safety guard’s killing. He added that footage used as proof within the case was taken an hour earlier than the crime passed off.

The Iranian authorities have denied accusations of torture.

Afkari was a nationwide champion in wrestling, a sport that has an extended historical past and is vastly in style in Iran.

In 2018, protesters in cities throughout Iran took to the streets over financial hardship and political repression.

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