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Iran executes wrestler Navid Afkari despite global appeals
Iran has executed wrestler Navid Afkari ignoring global appeals for mercy. US President Donald Trump had said, the wrestler's "sole act was an anti-Government demonstration on the streets". Afkari and his brothers were employed as construction workers in Shiraz, 680 km south of the Capital, Tehran.

TEHRAN, Sept 13: Iran has executed wrestler Navid Afkari ignoring international appeals to spare him. Navid Afkari, 27, was sentenced to death for the murder of a security guard during anti-Government protests in Shiraz in 2018.

Appealing for mercy, US President Donald Trump had said, the wrestler's "sole act was an anti-Government demonstration on the streets".

Amnesty International said Navid Afkari's execution is a "travesty of justice". In a leaked message, he says, "If I am executed, I want you to know that an innocent person, even though he tried and fought with all his strength to be heard, was executed."

A union of 85,000 athletes worldwide too had appealed to free him.

Navid Afkari was executed by hanging in the southern city of Shiraz, according to State media, His family was prevented from seeing him before he was executed.

Navid Afkari's brothers Vahid and Habib were sentenced to 54 and 27 years in prison in the same case.

Navid Afkari and his brothers were employed as construction workers in Shiraz, 680 km south of the Capital, Tehran.

Wrestling is a popular sport in Iran.

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