Iran has finished a wrestler accused of homicide, state media document, defying world appeals for him to be spared.
Navid Afkari, 27, used to be sentenced to dying over the homicide of a safety guard all through a wave of anti-government protests in 2018.
He stated he have been tortured into creating a confession.
A union representing 85,000 athletes international used to be amongst the ones to name for a keep of execution.
The Global Avid gamers Affiliation stated he have been “unjustly centered” for collaborating within the protests, and referred to as for Iran’s expulsion from global game if it went forward with the execution.
US President Donald Trump additionally appealed for mercy, pronouncing the wrestler’s “sole act used to be an anti-government demonstration at the streets”.
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Afkari used to be finished through striking within the southern town of Shiraz, state media document.
His brothers Vahid and Habib have been sentenced to 54 and 27 years in jail in the similar case, in keeping with human rights activists in Iran.
In an audio recording leaked from the jail the place he’s being held, Afkari stated he have been tortured. His mom stated her sons have been pressured to testify towards every different.
The brothers’ attorney, Hassan Younesi, stated on Twitter that opposite to Iranian information studies, there used to be no video of the instant of the protection guard’s killing. He added that pictures used as proof within the case used to be taken an hour earlier than the crime came about.
The Iranian government have denied accusations of torture.
Afkari used to be a countrywide champion in wrestling, a game that has an extended historical past and is vastly well-liked in Iran.
In 2018, protesters in towns throughout Iran took to the streets over financial hardship and political repression.