President Dana White is lobbying and using his connections to have the Iranian government spare the life of wrestler Navid Afkari, who has been sentenced to death in his native country.
"Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Global Players Union and the Sports and Rights Alliance, and international athletes alike to stand together advocating and pleading with the Iranian Government to #SaveNavid", the petition, launched by the Gender Equity Wrestling group, said. Even imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, herself almost a month into a hunger strike over conditions at Tehran's Evin prison amid the coronavirus pandemic, has passed word that she supports Afkari. All three were construction workers. So far, no direct response has come from Teheran, the Iranian capital. Such unrest has continued sporadically in Iran in the time since, with authorities arresting thousands of people.
According to Mizan Online, the official agency of the Judicial Authority, Navid Afkari, presented as a former wrestler, was found guilty of "intentional homicide" on an official of the public water authority in Shiraz (south), stabbed on August 2 2018.More news: Nandi Bushell Crushes Dave Grohl's Request in Drum-Off
Afkari's brother Vahid received a sentence of 54 years and six months in prison and 74 lashes.
An Iranian state television-linked news agency reported Thursday that Afkari had been sentenced to death.
In 2018, protests broke out in several Iranian cities over the country's falling currency and economic woes, leading to violence between police and protesters. "Number two he is one of us, could be any of my fighters".
Trump did in fact also reach out to the Iranian government, as he made posts on Twitter asking for Afkari's life to be spared. "I would just like to say that I, too respectfully and humbly ask the government officials in Iran to please not execute this man, and spare his life". That decision led to Iran breaking all the limits of the deal, as well as a series of attacks across the Mideast that America has blamed on Tehran. It showed surveillance footage of him walking down a street, talking on his phone.More news: Yankees reliever Heller ejected for plunking Rays’ Renfroe
Iran's state media often air purported confessions by suspects in politically charged cases. The only problem with that, is it seems he signed this confession under duress from torture.
That report noted Iran's government told him the "Iranian constitution and penal code forbids and criminalizes torture".
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