Navid Afkari, Iranian wrestler has was executed for participating in anti-government protests in Shiraz and Kazerun, Iran. (Twitter)

June 12, 2021

The family of Navid Afkari, a prisoner hanged in Iran last year and whose two brothers remain in prison, was attacked and beaten Saturday outside the Adel Abad prison in Shiraz, a third brother Saeed Afkari has reported on social media.

Navid Afkari, a wrestler who was arrested in 2018 during protests and charged with murdering Hassan Torkaman, a water company security guard stabbed dead during protests, was executed last September. His brothers Habib and Vahid, arrested with him, are still in jail with reports of torture and solitary confinement.

Saeed Afkari claimed on social media that as well as the assault, his sister Elham and two female relatives had been detained for an hour. Other activists added that a group of prisoners’ families and relatives of protesters killed by security forces, as well as human rights activists who had traveled to Shiraz to support the Afkari family, might also have been detained as their cell phones were out of reach.

Navid Afkari was convicted in a secret trial without due process of law and there were claims he was tortured before his execution. His execution led to outrage and condemnation from Iranians and international bodies and leaders, and there were calls to ban Iran from international sports.

United States president Donald Trump called on Iran not to execute the sportsman: a Trump tweet prompted Iranian state television to air a purported confession by Afkari as well as footage of Torkaman’s weeping family.

Iran International

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