A wrestler is set to be executed by Iran just months after hanged another champion wrestler, Navid Afkari, despite international requests.
Mehdi Ali Hosseini, 29, from Andimeshk, Khuzestan, was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder following a group brawl.
The wrestler's execution is imminent as the victim's family refused to apologize to the athlete for the alleged murder, according to Deutsche Welle.
Fellow campaigner and Iranian gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games Hamid Sourian has called for the execution to be stopped.
29-year-old champion wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini (pictured) from Andimeshk, Khuzestan is expected to be the second wrestler to be executed by Iran. He was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder following a group brawl
Sourian said, "I hope that the honorable family of Gheibi will forgive this young man by doing this good deed."
Cameron Khansarinia, political director of the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI), a non-partisan organization of Iranian-American citizens, told the Jerusalem Post that while most athletes fear sporting events will be canceled because of the pandemic, athletes in Iran fear murdered are from the Islamic Republic.
"Following the assassination of champion wrestler Navid Afkari, the criminal regime occupying Iran intends to kill fellow wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini."
Khansarinia said the International Olympic Committee has not yet taken serious action and has called for the regime to be banned from Olympic and international sporting events.
In September last year, the 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari (pictured) was executed by Iran in the southern city of Shiraz
Mariam Memarsadeghi, an Iranian-American human rights expert in the Islamic Republic, told the Jerusalem Post that Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei "is testing the will of the free world."
Speaking of Mehdi Ali Hosseini, fellow wrestler and coach Habibollah Akhlaghi said that Mehdi Ali Hosseini wrestled with his younger brother when he started wrestling.
He also said that while in prison, Hosseini became the champion of Iranian prison competitions.
In September last year, 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari was executed by Iran in the southern city of Shiraz.
Iran alleged that Afkari was guilty of the murder of Hossein Torkman, a water service worker who was stabbed to death during protests in the country in August 2018.
Activists argued that he was held responsible for the murder by the regime, which was out to silence one of its critics. The execution even caught the attention of US President Trump, who tweeted and urged Iran not to carry out the sentence. In the picture: File photo of a supporter of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the Iranian Society in Exile in Berlin protesting against Afkari's execution on September 12, 2020
Tehran posted an 11-minute confession from Afkari last week, but the wrestler had continued to protest his innocence through his own social media channels.
Activists argued that he was held responsible for the murder by the regime, which was out to silence one of its critics.
According to the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA), Navid and his brother Vahid Afkari were severely tortured for confessions.
The execution even caught the attention of US President Trump, who tweeted and called on Iran not to carry out the sentence.
Rob Koehler, director general of Global Athlete, said both the International Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling failed to intervene to save Navid's life, arguing that they must act now to protect Hosseini.
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