Pompeo condemns ‘vicious’ execution of Iran wrestler Navid Afkari

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned the “vicious” execution of a wrestler in Iran, joining a chorus of shock and censure - including from the International Olympic Committee - against the killing.

“The Iranian regime’s execution of Navid Afkari is a vicious and cruel act. We condemn it in the strongest terms. It is an outrageous assault on human dignity, even by the despicable standards of this regime. The voices of the Iranian people will not be silenced,” Pompeo tweeted.

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Iran’s state TV is reporting that the country’s authorities has executed a wrestler for allegedly murdering a man after President Donald Trump asked 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 on Saturday: “The retaliation sentence against Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Turkman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz.”

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(With The Associated Press)