Iranian Wrestler sentenced to death and executed on early morning of Sept 12, 2020 by the Islamic Republic government. Afkari was accused for the murder of a government security agent during a protest in august 2018.
According to CNN.com, there was an international outcry to stop the execution of an athlete. U.S. President Trump requested the Iranian government to spare his life. Not only his life could not be spared but in a statement made in WPA that Afkari was being tortured into making a false confession.
Afkari’s family did not get the chance to say goodbye.