Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed after being convicted of stabbing a safety guard to dying throughout anti-government protests in 2018.
- Iran’s Supreme Court docket rejected a evaluate of the case in late August
- Navid Afkari’s household and activists stated he was tortured into making a false confession
- The World Gamers Affiliation referred to as for Iran’s expulsion from world sport if it executed Afkari
The case led to a world outcry which included US President Donald Trump calling for the 27-year-old’s life to be spared.
Afkari was executed Saturday morning (native time) “after authorized procedures had been carried out on the insistence of the mother and father and the household of the sufferer”, Iranian state media quoted the top of the justice division in southern Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as saying.
The Greco-Roman wrestler was convicted of killing Hassan Turkman, a water firm safety guard.
Iran’s Supreme Court docket rejected a evaluate of the case in late August after Afkari’s household and activists stated he was tortured into making a false confession.
Afkari’s lawyer stated there was no proof of his guilt and accused authorities of denying his consumer a household go to earlier than the execution, as required by legislation.
“Had been you in a lot hurry to execute the sentence that you just additionally disadvantaged Navid of a final assembly?” Hassan Younesi posted on Twitter.
There was no fast response by Iranian officers to the lawyer’s accusation.
On Tuesday, the World Gamers Affiliation, a world union representing 85,000 athletes, referred to as for Iran’s expulsion from world sport if it executed Afkari.
The killing of the safety guard happened throughout a number of the worst unrest in a decade over financial hardships.
Iran’s clerical rulers have blamed the road protests on what they name “thugs” linked to exiles in addition to the USA and Israel.
Iranian state tv aired a video final week wherein Afkari appeared to admit to Turkman’s killing.
The tv additionally confirmed what gave the impression to be written confessions by Afkari, however he stated in a recording circulated on social media that he was coerced into signing the paperwork.
“I hit twice, as soon as after which once more,” Afkari was proven saying with a stabbing gesture throughout a police reconstruction of the killing.
Human rights teams regularly accuse Iran’s state media of airing coerced confessions. Iran denies the accusation.