Iran said that it has sentenced a wrestler to be hanged for killing a person during anti-government demonstrations in 2018. Iran's move has been condemned by the International Olympic Committee. 27-year-old Navid Afkari was hanged in a prison in the southern city of Shiraz. This information was given on the website of Iran's television, quoting Provincial Prosecutor General Kazam Mousavi.
The judiciary found Naveed Afkari guilty for the death of Hosin Torkman on August 2, 2018. Anti-government protests were held in Shiraz and several other urban centers of Iran. The International Olympic Committee said that this is surprising, as well as disturbing. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Naveed Afkari," the IOC said in a statement.
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London-based rights group Amnesty International said that the hanging of the secret "is a terrible tragedy of justice that needs immediate international action." Reports published abroad said that Afkari was convicted on the basis of statements aired on television, triggering online campaigns for his release.
Amnesty has repeatedly asked Iran to stop broadcasting "confession" videos by suspects, saying they "violate the defendants' rights." The judiciary denied the allegations. According to Amnesty, Afkari's two brothers, Wahid and Habib, are still in the same prison where they were detained. He was sentenced to death on the "insistence of the aggrieved family".
Afakari's lawyer, Hassan Unesi, tweeted, "Many of Shiraz's people were to meet with the family of the slain worker on Sunday to apologize." He also said that on the basis of criminal law in Iran "the guilty has the right to meet his family before hanging."
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh reached Iran from Russia