Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed after being convicted of stabbing to dying a safety guard, based on state media.
“The retaliation sentence towards 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 stated he was tortured into making a false confession, based on his household and activists. His lawyer stated there was no proof of his guilt. Iran’s judiciary, nevertheless, denied the torture claims.
Afkari and his brothers had been employed as building employees 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, stated there are two totally different narratives in regards to the homicide.
“Outdoors Iran we’re listening to that Navid Afkari was arrested on account of these protests that happened in 2018 and alleged killing of a safety officer. Inside Iran, it is very totally different. The judiciary launched a press release some time in the past – they stated 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 number 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,” stated 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 world 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 tremendously recognize should you would spare this younger man’s life, and never execute him,” Trump tweeted earlier this month. “Thanks!”
Iran responded to Trump’s tweet by operating an 11-minute state TV broadcast on Afkari, which included the weeping dad and mom of Turkman.
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The published 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 phase additionally confirmed blurred police paperwork and described the killing as a “private dispute”, with out elaborating.
It stated 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 characteristic story, saying that American sanctions have damage Iranian hospitals amid the pandemic.
“Trump is nervous in regards to the lifetime of a assassin whereas he places many Iranian sufferers’ lives at risk by imposing extreme sanctions,” the company stated.
Baig famous state TV has carried an interview with the dad and mom of Hassan Turkman, and in it they stated their son was murdered, they usually had the suitable to retribution.
They added, “the overseas media had not even bothered chatting with them when their son was killed, and that he left behind three youngsters. So there are two very totally different narratives,” stated Baig.