Calls mount to ban Iran from Tokyo Games for executing wrestler Afkari
The Greco-Roman athlete was executed despite claiming his murder confession was extracted under torture
The International Olympic Committee is being urged to expel Iran from the 2021 Tokyo Games after Greco-Roman wrestler Navid Afkari was executed.
Afkari was convicted of stabbing to death a security guard during anti-government protests in Shiraz in 2018, but had since insisted that he made a confession only under torture.
“The evidence is there if the court wants to investigate [the acts of torture],” Afkari said in a tape obtained by an Iranian human rights group. “There is not one shred of evidence ... that shows I’m guilty. But they don’t want to listen to us. I realised they are looking for a neck for their rope.”..