European Union attacks Iran for the execution of Navid Afkari

Sep. 14 – The EU – together with several States and International Organizations – strongly condemned the execution of the Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, stating that the death penalty is an inhumane punishment and that Bruxelles will always be against it.

Afkari, a Greco-Roman wrestler, had been condemned for stabbing a security guard to death, during the public protests against the government in 2018.

Public execution in Iran (Photo by Hossein Zohrevand / FARS News Agency – CC BY 4.0)

According to Afkari’s family, his conviction is based on a confession extracted through torture.

Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy spokesman, said the European Union is opposed to the death penalty “under all circumstances and cases with no exception,โ€

Iran’s reaction was strong: Teheran strongly protested with the German envoy against its condemning of Akari’s execution, saying it was considered by Tehran as an interference in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs.

  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-wrestler-eu/eu-condemns-execution-of-iranian-wrestler-navid-afkari-idUSKBN2651B1

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Could this be a form of state-sponsored terrorism? What are your views