Fire bomb hits Iranian court where wrestler was sentenced to death

Written by on September 28, 2020

Entrance set ablaze to protest murder of wrestler Navid Afkari

Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Navid Afkari. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Navid Afkari.

(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

In apparent retaliation for the execution of the reportedly innocent Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari, assailants on Sunday fire bombed the entrance of the revolutionary court in the city of Shiraz that sentenced Afkari to death.

Video footage of the reported explosion was posted on social media on Sunday.

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The Iranian regime-controlled news outlet IRNA confirmed the attack on Sunday.  “According to a report received by IRNA on Monday, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz announced the firing of incendiary and incendiary materials in front of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz. The complex is in good health and no damage has been done to the courthouse,” IRNA reported.

The news outlet added that an “investigation was launched to identify the person or persons” involved in the case, and that “It is worth mentioning that after the incident, the images that were prepared for the consumption of dissident media were spread in cyberspace, and identifying and dealing with the agents who prepared and published these images is also on the agenda of the police.”

Various Twitter accounts showed the front of a building ablaze and commentators wrote that defiant youths or locals set the entrance on fire to protest Afakiri’s execution. The Jerusalem Post could not independently confirm the video footage and the people behind the attack of the court entrance.

Iran’s regime executed Afkari a little over two weeks ago for his role demonstrating against Iranian regime political and economic corruption in 2018.

The regime contends Afkari killed a security official who was identifying protestors at the peaceful demonstrations. There is no evidence linking Afkari to the killing of the guard, according to his lawyer and human rights groups. Afkari said he was brutally tortured to confess to a killing he did not commit.

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s execution of Afkari has sparked a global campaign to ban Iran’s regime from the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

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