Iran summons German ambassador over wrestler execution tweets

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Iran on Monday summoned Germany’s ambassador in Tehran, Hans-Udo Muzel, over a sequence of tweets “protesting in opposition to the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari.

“We were deeply shocked by the execution of Navid Afkari,” the German Embassy mentioned in a twitter publish on Sunday. “It is not acceptable that basic legal rights be ignored in order to silence opposing voices,” the assertion reads, including that Navid’s two brothers are nonetheless in jail and “now they need our solidarity!”

According to an announcement launched by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the Foreign Ministry Director-General for Europe has strongly condemned the tweets of the German embassy as “undiplomatic” and interference in Iran’s home judicial affairs.

“Meddling in Iran’s laws, regulations and independent judicial procedures is by no means acceptable or tolerable,” the Iranian diplomat mentioned, including that “the German Embassy is expected to know the limits of its diplomatic mission and not to go beyond them.”

Iranian authorities accused Afkari of murdering a safety guard throughout a wave of anti-government protests in 2018 and regardless of international outcry, Afkari was executed by hanging within the southern metropolis of Shiraz, state information company IRNA reported.

In a leaked recording launched by Amnesty International, the 27-year-old wrestler mentioned he had been tortured into making a confession, though the Iranian authorities have denied accusations.

“If I am executed, I want you to know that an innocent person, even though he tried and fought with all his strength to be heard, was executed,” Afkari mentioned within the recording.

US President Donald Trump additionally defended Afkari, saying that his “sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets”.