THE buddy of a champion wrestler executed in Iran after he was accused of murdering a riot cop has known as for an finish to the ‘terrorist regime’.

Hassan Nayebagha, who performed for Iran’s nationwide soccer workforce and went to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, has spoken out after Navid Afkari, 27, was hanged for allegedly killing a state safety guard in 2018.


Navid Afkari was sentenced to loss of life over the loss of life of a safety guard throughout a wave of anti-government protests in 2018[/caption]

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The world-class wrestler first confessed to the killing – however later stated he had made the confession underneath immense bodily and psychological duress.  [/caption]


Hassan Nayebagha has spoken of the second he was advised of Navid’s execution[/caption]

On Saturday morning, a colleague bumped into my workplace, clearly distressed.

“Navid was hanged,” he stated as he burst into tears.

Navid Afkari, a 27- year-old Iranian wrestling champion, was executed after enduring brutal torture for collaborating within the 2018 anti-regime rebellion.

His hanging got here regardless of widespread home and worldwide indignation, notably by famend athletes and wrestlers the world over.  

A shiver went down my backbone and I stared at him speechlessly.

I had a psychological flash again to June 25 1984 – the day a buddy advised me that Habib Khabiri had been executed by the mullahs’ regime.

Habib, a detailed buddy, was the favored captain of the Iranian nationwide soccer workforce.

He was a couple of years youthful than me, however we performed in the identical membership for years.

We had been additionally on the nationwide squad that led Iran’s first look within the 1978 World Cup.

I’ll always remember his lovely purpose in opposition to Kuwait within the final qualifying match.

And, in opposition to all odds, our sport in opposition to the Scottish workforce that had nice gamers like Archie Gemmill ended up in a 1-1 tie.  

In 1978, previous to the anti-monarchic revolution, I went to the UK to pursue my graduate research and finally made it to the US for post-graduate work in sociology.

After the 1979 revolution, Habib joined Iran’s main pro-democracy opposition group, the Individuals’s Mojahedin Group of Iran (MEK).

He was arrested in 1983, and – like Navid virtually 40 years later – was topic to inhumane torture.  

Habib and Navid should not the one famend Iranian athletes who endured the brutality of the fundamentalist regime.

Houshang Montazeralzohour was champion of Iran in 82kg weight class in Greco-Roman wrestling for a number of years.

We had been collectively on the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

He was additionally executed for being a pro-MEK activist.

Over the previous 4 many years, some 120,000 Iranians from all walks of life have been executed – solely for searching for freedom and democracy in Iran.

Navid Afkari was a excessive profile determine who was participating within the 2018 protests which happened throughout Iran over financial hardship and political repression
In a voice recording in jail he said 'if I am executed, I want you to know that an innocent person'
In a voice recording in jail he stated ‘if I’m executed, I would like you to know that an harmless particular person’
A supporter of the National Council of Resistance brandishes a photograph of the slain sportsman as the World Players Association said he had been 'unjustly targeted' for taking part in the protests
A supporter of the Nationwide Council of Resistance brandishes {a photograph} of the executed champion

Opposite to the far-fetched situations overestimated by the regime’s apologists and appeasers within the West, the mullahs haven’t turn out to be extra average as results of concessions made to them by the West basically and Europe specifically.

As in style requires regime change get louder and the theocracy grows weaker, Tehran has resorted to extra violence at residence and terrorism overseas in an effort to survive.

If it weren’t for the regime’s leaders sensing impunity for its crimes within the eyes of the West, the state of affairs may need been totally different.

In the summertime of 1988, on the premise of a fatwa by Khomeini, the founding father of the theocracy, 30,000 political prisoners had been massacred in a matter of some months.

These executed had been both serving their jail sentences on political costs or had already completed their sentences – however had been nonetheless killed.

Their destiny was determined by a three-member ‘loss of life fee’ throughout trials that lasted only some minutes every.

All of the Iranian regime’s leaders and senior officers had been straight implicated within the bloodbath.

For example, Ebrahim Raisi, the present Head of the Judiciary, despatched hundreds to their deaths as a member of the loss of life fee in Tehran.

The present Minister of Justice is one other offender on this crime in opposition to humanity.

Ali Khamenei, the supreme chief, was president on the time and has defended the bloodbath publicly.

But there has by no means been an impartial investigation into the 1988 bloodbath, described by specialists and famend jurists as one of many worst circumstances of crime in opposition to humanity after the Second World Struggle.


The impunity and lack of accountability that the mullahs have loved for therefore lengthy should lastly come to an finish.

Because the president-elect of the Nationwide Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, has identified, the regime can’t survive for a single day with out mass suppression, execution and torture.

By killing younger protesters like Navid, it seeks to protect its rule within the face of the Iranian folks’s uprisings.

However there are vivid indicators after Navid’s execution that Tehran has already added to the outrage of the Iranian folks, specifically the youth.

The medieval regime shouldn’t be a standard state that may be built-in into the worldwide order.

The Iranian folks have paid an especially heavy worth for the appeasement insurance policies pursued by European nations vis-à-vis the mullahs.

Silence and inaction are tantamount to giving a inexperienced gentle to, and complicity with, the regime because it continues its atrocities.

As a primary step, this coming autumn, the UN Basic Meeting needs to be inspired to name for an impartial worldwide investigation into the 1988 bloodbath.