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.
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,”
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.