The Iranian regime plans to execute another champion wrestler in the coming days, after wrestler Navid Afkari was executed in September.
Tehran is set to execute Mehdi Ali Hosseini, a 29-year-old wrestler, according to the Jerusalem Post. Iranian authorities arrested Hosseini in 2015 on charges of murder during a group brawl.
Afkari faced the death penalty last year on charges of murdering a security guard during a protest, which the wrestler denied. Afkari’s brothers also allegedly confessed to trumped-up charges related to the case after suffering torture at the hands of regime officials. Reza Tabrizi, another Iranian athlete, is currently imprisoned for criticizing the regime, and human-rights experts worry he too may face execution.
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U.S. government officials and activists condemned Iran’s decision to execute Hosseini.
"The Iranian regime must be held to account for their vile human-rights abuses and their attempt to cling to power through execution," Ellie Cohanim, the State Department’s deputy special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, told Fox News.
"[Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] is testing the will of the Free World," said Mariam Memarsadeghi, an expert on human rights and the Iranian regime. "The Biden administration and Europe will do him a big favor if they go back to the Iran deal and business as usual."
President-elect Joe Biden has said he hopes to return Washington to the Iran deal if certain conditions are met.