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International Olympic Committee ‘Shocked’ by Execution of Iranian Wrestler

IOC president Thomas Bach (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari was executed after the 27-year-old was discovered responsible of “voluntary homicide” for stabbing to loss of life a water division employee in 2018.

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  • Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 6:52 PM IST


The International Olympic Committee mentioned it was “shocked” by Saturday’s execution of a younger Iranian wrestler over the homicide of a public sector employee throughout anti-government protests in 2018.

Navid Afkari was executed at a jail within the southern Iranian metropolis of Shiraz, one thing the IOC mentioned was “very sad news”.

“The IOC is shocked by this announcement today,” it added.

IOC president Thomas Bach had made “direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

“It is deeply upsetting that the pleas of athletes from all over the world and all of the behind-the-scenes work of the IOC, along with the NOC of Iran, United World Wrestling and the National Iranian Wrestling Federation, didn’t obtain our objective.

“Our ideas are with the household and pals of Navid Afkari.”

Afkari, 27, had been discovered responsible of “voluntary homicide” for stabbing to loss of life Hossein Torkman, a water division employee, on August 2, 2018, in keeping with the Iranian judiciary.

Shiraz and several other different city centres throughout the Islamic republic had been the scene that day of anti-government protests and demonstrations over financial and social hardship.

Reports revealed overseas say Afkari was condemned on the premise of confessions aired on tv after being extracted beneath torture, prompting on-line campaigns of help for his launch.

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