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Iran Executes Wrestler Trump Had Asked Authorities to Spare


TEHRAN—Iran has executed a wrestler and alleged murderer whose life President Trump had asked the country’s leaders to spare, Iranian state TV reported.

“The retaliation sentence against Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Turkman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz,” the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, said Saturday, according to state TV.

The 27-year-old’s case had drawn the attention of a social-media campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims, targeted for participating in protests against Iran’s Shiite theocracy in 2018. Authorities accused Mr. Afkari of stabbing an employee of a water-supply company in the southern city of Shiraz during the unrest.

Iran televised the wrestler’s confession last week. It resembled hundreds of others aired over the past decade in the Islamic Republic that have raised suspicions of coercion.

The case revived a call in Iran for an end to the death penalty.

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