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Iran: A yr in the past the Islamic regime executed wrestler Navid Afkari, now his siblings arrested, household harassed

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Iran: A year ago the Islamic regime executed wrestler Navid Afkari, now his siblings arrested, family harassed

On September 12, 2020, simply over a yr in the past, the Islamic Republic of Iran displayed unparalleled agility in executing Greco-Roman wrestler Navid Afkari, merely as a result of he had dared to protest in opposition to the conservative Islamic state’s political and financial corruption. 
Now, on the primary anniversary of the execution of Navid Afkari, the repressive Iranian regime has educated its weapons on his relations whilst they had been getting ready to honour his reminiscence. Saeed, Navid’s brother, was assaulted by safety forces when he arrived at Shiraz to pay tributes to his brother in his native village of Sangar, Fars province. 
September 12 is the 1 yr anniversary of Navid Afkari’s execution in Shiraz, #Iran.Navid Afkari’s brothers Vahid & Habib had been sentenced to resp. 54 years & 27 years of imprisonment. They are being subjected to torture and ill-treatment.#CeaseTorturingAfkaris @UNHumanRights pic.twitter.com/o4RcP8p6mK— Kristin Helene (@KristinHelene) September 12, 2021
Saeed was subsequently taken into custody by the police on trumped-up prices, a number of information stories stated. He was accompanied by his sister, Elham, who was additionally subjected to assault and arrested by the police. 
The motion in opposition to Saeed got here days after Saeed had posted a vital tweet accusing the Iranian regime of coercing his household for not holding a ceremony in remembrance of his slain brother. 
“As we approach the anniversary of the death of my brother, security institutions have been pressuring our family and acquaintances to prevent us (from holding a ceremony). We have been enduring your savage oppression for three years, and while we still mourn, we will stand against you,” Saeed had defiantly tweeted. 
The ceremony was scheduled to happen on September 13, 2021. But motion in opposition to Afkari’s household suggests Iran stays extremely cautious of the home churning that the ceremony may spark off and mobilise individuals round Afkari’s killing and the primary anniversary of his execution. Last yr, outrage swept the world over, bringing the Islamic Republic of Iran below the highlight for utilizing oppression as a software to actual obedience after Afkari was sentenced to demise over the alleged homicide of a safety guard throughout anti-government protests in 2018.
It was then extensively reported that the Iranian regime inflicted horrifying torture on Mr Afkari and hustled him into confessing crimes he didn’t commit, in a bid to justify his execution and undercut the groundswell of opposition constructing round his demise sentence. 
There just isn’t one shred of proof on this damned case that exhibits I’m responsible,” #NavidAfkari stated, including that his judges had been merely “looking for a neck for their rope(link is external).”#CeaseTorturingAfkaris pic.twitter.com/E0qKgoeCOO— H. Khosravi (@youmolghiyamah) September 12, 2021
On Saturday final week, a brand new video of Navid Afkari confessing to the homicide of a water firm safety guard, for which he was subsequently executed, was launched by Fars News, a channel affiliated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The intention was to deflect the criticism that Afkari was a sufferer of state oppression. But, the Afkari household, their lawyer and human rights defenders, in addition to Afkari himself throughout his trial stated that the confession was taken below duress.
Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari executed over alleged homicide throughout anti-government protests
Afkari was sentenced to demise for allegedly murdering a safety guard throughout the anti-government protest in Iran in 2018. The verdict sparked a large furore the world over, with widespread protests by human rights organisations, sports activities federations, and athletes all over the world to revoke his demise sentence. 
The then United States President Donald Trump too had implored Iran to overturn the wrestler’s demise sentence and grant him clemency. “To the leaders of Iran, I would greatly appreciate if you would spare this young man’s life, and not execute him,” Trump had tweeted days earlier than Afkari was executed. 
According to a just lately printed report within the Jerusalem Post, the Intelligence brokers from Iran had been anxious concerning the rising reputation of the wrestler and subsequently, that they had no different choice however to execute the wrestler, lest he sparks a revolution that will endanger Iranian’s conservative regime.
Along with Afkari, his two brothers, Habib and Vahid, had been additionally arrested. They have been incarcerated within the Adel Abad jail of Shiraz and held in solitary confinement since Navid’s execution.