Iranian state TV on Saturday reported that the nation’s authorities executed a wrestler for allegedly murdering a person, after U.S. President Donald Trump requested for the 27-year-old condemned man’s life to be spared.

State TV quoted the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as saying: “The retaliation sentence towards Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Torkaman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad jail in Shiraz.”

Afkari’s case had drawn the eye of a social media marketing campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims focused over collaborating in protests towards Iran’s Shia theocracy in 2018. Authorities accused Afkari of stabbing a water provide firm worker within the southern metropolis of Shiraz amid the unrest.

Iran broadcast the wrestler’s televised confession final week. The phase resembled tons of of different suspected coerced confessions aired during the last decade within the Islamic Republic.

The case revived a requirement contained in the nation for Iran to cease finishing up the demise penalty. Even imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh — herself practically a month right into a starvation strike over circumstances at Tehran’s Evin jail amid the coronavirus pandemic — handed phrase that she supported Afkari.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee in a press release Saturday stated it was shocked and saddened by the information of the wrestler’s execution and that the committee’s president, Thomas Bach, “had made direct private appeals to the Supreme Chief and to the President of Iran this week and requested for mercy for Navid Afkari.”

‘An outrageous assault on human dignity’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the execution was merciless.

“We condemn it within the strongest phrases. It’s an outrageous assault on human dignity, even by the despicable requirements of this regime. The voices of the Iranian individuals is not going to be silenced,” Pompeo tweeted.

Final week, Trump tweeted out his personal concern about Afkari’s case.

“To the leaders of Iran, I might significantly recognize for those who would spare this younger man’s life, and never execute him,” Trump wrote. “Thanks!”

Iran responded to Trump’s tweet with a virtually 11-minute state TV bundle on Afkari. It included the weeping dad and mom of the slain water firm worker. The bundle included footage of Afkari on the again of a bike, saying he had stabbed the worker within the again, with out explaining why he allegedly carried out the assault.

Protesters wave the flags of two Iranian opposition teams and show a placard depicting the crossed-out face of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as they display exterior the Iranian Embassy in London on Saturday towards the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, proven within the poster at proper. (Justin Tallis/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

The state TV phase confirmed blurred police paperwork and described the killing as a “private dispute,” with out elaborating. It stated Afkari’s cellphone had been within the space, and it confirmed surveillance footage of him strolling down a road, speaking on his telephone.

Final week, Iran’s semiofficial Tasnim information company dismissed Trump’s tweet in a function story, saying that American sanctions have damage Iranian hospitals amid the pandemic.

“Trump is nervous concerning the lifetime of a assassin whereas he places many Iranian sufferers’ lives at risk by imposing extreme sanctions,” the company stated.

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