Iran: Donald Trump defends Navid Afkari, sentenced to death

Donald Trump during a press conference on August 10, 2020 at the White House.

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On Twitter, the American president asks that this young Iranian not be executed.

If this case is an opportunity for Donald Trump to castigate Tehran once more, the mobilization around the young man is strong on social networks.


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His photo has invaded social networks: a young athlete in a red t-shirt, apparently posing in a gym.

Calls often accompany the photo: " 

Save Navid Afkari

 ", " 

Stop the executions in Iran


 The young man was sentenced to death because he is accused of the murder of an official, stabbed during a demonstration in Shiraz in 2018.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is preparing to execute an innocent being.

It's called #NavidAfkari.

Navid is not a criminal.

He only demonstrated in the streets to show his displeasure with corruption.

Please help us save Navid. # StopExecutionsInIran # اعدام_نکنید

  Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 31, 2020

500 unfair trials

Navid Afkari participated in this demonstration to denounce, like thousands of other people at the time, the dire economic situation in Iran.

According to his supporters, on social networks, he has nothing to do with this murder and would have been subjected to a forced confession after being tortured in prison.

... To the leaders of Iran, I would greatly appreciate if you would spare this young man's life, and not execute him.

Thank you!

@UFC @DanaWhite @FoxNews

  Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020

His case is not isolated.

Amnesty International

has just published a report

according to which 7,000 people were arrested during large protests in 2019. The human rights organization has collected dozens of testimonies of torture in prison to extract confessions, 500 people are said to have been subjected to unfair trials.

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