Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed after being convicted of stabbing to loss of life a safety guard, in accordance with state media.
“The retaliation sentence in opposition to Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Turkman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad jail in Shiraz,” state TV quoted the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as saying on Saturday.
Authorities had accused Afkari, 27, of stabbing the water provide firm worker within the southern metropolis of Shiraz. Iran broadcast the wrestler’s televised confession final week.
However Afkari mentioned he was tortured into making a false confession, in accordance with his household and activists. His lawyer mentioned there was no proof of his guilt. Iran’s judiciary, nonetheless, denied the torture claims.
Afkari and his brothers had been employed as building staff in Shiraz, 680km (420 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.
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The provincial court docket in Shiraz additionally sentenced Afkari’s brothers Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari to 54 and 27 years in jail, respectively, over the killing.
Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig, reporting from Tehran, mentioned there are two completely different narratives in regards to the homicide.
“Exterior Iran we’re listening to that Navid Afkari was arrested resulting from these protests that happened in 2018 and alleged killing of a safety officer. Inside Iran, it’s totally completely different. The judiciary launched a press release some time in the past – they mentioned Navid Afkari was arrested after the homicide of a 52-year-old water employee accompanying the Shiraz water firm, and that homicide happened on 23 July 2018.
“Navid Afkari was arrested by police a couple of days after, after they recognized him utilizing CCTV footage. So far as the judiciary is worried, his arrest and conviction don’t have anything to do with the protests that happened,” mentioned Baig.
Afkari’s sentencing had triggered a social media marketing campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims focused for collaborating within the 2018 protests. On Tuesday, a worldwide union representing 85,000 athletes had referred to as for Iran’s expulsion from world sport if it executed Afkari.
United States President Donald Trump additionally expressed his personal considerations.
“To the leaders of Iran, I might drastically admire if you happen to would spare this younger man’s life, and never execute him,” Trump tweeted earlier this month. “Thanks!”
Iran responded to Trump’s tweet by working an 11-minute state TV broadcast on Afkari, which included the weeping dad and mom of Turkman.
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The printed included visuals of Afkari on a motorcycle, saying he stabbed Turkman within the again, with out explaining why he allegedly carried out the assault.
The state TV section additionally confirmed blurred police paperwork and described the killing as a “private dispute”, with out elaborating.
It mentioned Afkari’s cell phone had been within the space and it confirmed surveillance footage of him strolling down a road, speaking on his telephone.
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim information company dismissed Trump’s tweet in a function story, saying that American sanctions have harm Iranian hospitals amid the pandemic.
“Trump is apprehensive in regards to the lifetime of a assassin whereas he places many Iranian sufferers’ lives at risk by imposing extreme sanctions,” the company mentioned.
Baig famous state TV has carried an interview with the dad and mom of Hassan Turkman, and in it they mentioned their son was murdered, they usually had the proper to retribution.
They added, “the international media had not even bothered talking to them when their son was killed, and that he left behind three kids. So there are two very completely different narratives,” mentioned Baig.