Iranian state television aired a video on Saturday in which a champion wrestler facing two death sentences appeared to confess to killing a water company security guard during anti-government protests in 2018.
The case of wrestler Navid Afkari has caused an outcry from Iranians and human rights groups. President Donald Trump on Thursday called on Iran not to execute the 27-year-old Afkari in a tweet.
Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the two death sentences against Afkari, who was convicted of stabbing to death the guard and other charges, according to state media.
The killing came during some of the worst unrest in the country in a decade after a rise in fuel prices. Iran’s clerical rulers have blamed the street protests on “thugs” linked to exiles and foreign foes – the United States and Israel.
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