Iran releases wrestler’s confession after Trump tweet

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Iranian state television broadcast the confession of 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari on Sunday after President TrumpDonald John Trump Cohen Says In New Book Trump Is “Guilty Of Same Crimes” He “Princess Bride” To Meet For Wisconsin Democrats Fundraiser Bernie Sanders Warns Trump Cannot Concede Election MORE tweeted about his case and called on Iranian authorities to spare him the death penalty.In a clip released late Saturday night, Afkari admitted to stabbing a water company worker during protests in 2018. But US officials and international rights groups claimed his confession was forced. , reported The Associated Press. International observers have long accused Iran of disseminating a confession under duress.

The broadcast of a segment on Afkari on Iranian state television came just days after Trump and other U.S. officials spoke out on the case.

Trump weighed in on the same day, writing that “Afkar’s only act was an anti-government protest in the streets.”

“Hearing that Iran is seeking to execute a big and popular wrestling star Navid Afkarai, 27,” Trump wrote. “To the Iranian leadership, I would very much appreciate you sparing the life of this young man and not executing him. Thank you! “

Afkari and his two brothers were indicted and sentenced by an Iranian court for the murder in 2018, with his brothers receiving long prison terms and Afkari receiving a death sentence. International human rights activists say the three men were targeted after appearing in a non-violent protest against the Iranian government.

UFC President Dana White, a political ally of Trump, also spoke about the case in a video released Friday.

“He’s one of us. He could be any of my fighters, ”White said in the video, adding that he called Trump to secure his support.



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