Iranian witness to torture of slain wrestler Navid Afkari

A witness to the sustained torture of Iranian wrestling champion Navid Afkari died in mysterious circumstances in solitary confinement on Tuesday in Greater Tehran prison, according to his family.

US government media Radio Farda reported on Shahin Naseri’s death and said it obtained his latest audio message from inside Tehran prison. Naseri said he was an “eyewitness to medieval torture” by Navid Afkari.

He announced his “solidarity” with Navid’s brothers Vahid and Habib, who are incarcerated, “because of the baseless hatred and baseless accusations against Iranian citizens and the violation of the most basic citizenship rights” by the Islamic Republic.

Naseri said he was “disgusted” and “demands revocation of his citizenship from this regime.”

He accused the regime’s officials of “big robberies” and called on the Iranian people to “support” the protests of the citizens of Khuzestan, Sistan and Kurdistan and “defend” them.

Iranian-American human rights expert and activist Lawdan Bazargan told the Jerusalem Post: “The sudden death of Shahin Naseri, witness to the torture of Navid Afkari, beloved champion of the Iranians who was unjustly executed l last year was unexpected but not surprising. The Republic of Iran is a mafia regime that kills and eliminates its opponents, a people who do not comply with their oppressive measures, to stay in power. unfair justice system and brutal prison system. Naseri’s death, even accidental, is the result of an unpopular regime that does everything for its survival. History shows, however, that oppressive regimes are not sustainable and that sooner or later this regime will also collapse. I wish the price of freedom and democracy weren’t so high. “

Iranian-Norwegian columnist Mina Bai posted a photo of Naseri on Twitter.

Iran Human Rights Monitor wrote on its website that the brother of deceased prisoner Naseri said: “His friends told us that he was killed in solitary confinement. But no manager has contacted us yet.

The human rights group added that a source close to Naseri’s family said: “A few days ago, coinciding with the first anniversary of the execution of Navid Afkari, he (Shahin) was transferred from the room where he was held at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary (GTP) to an unknown location. We thought he had been transferred to a security agency because he had been repeatedly threatened by security agents to remain silent on the case of the Afkari brothers, but we learned a few days ago that he was being held at GTP. Shahin Naseri had no underlying illness and his sudden death is quite suspicious.

Amnesty International wrote a report at the end of June according to which brothers Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari “are serving long prison terms in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, Fars province, following convictions in multiple manifestly unfair trials , in which the courts have relied primarily on confessions tainted with torture. “‘

Iranian executed wrestler Navid Afkari (credit: WIKIPEDIA)

Vahid and his other brother, Habib, participated in protests against the Iranian regime’s corruption and economic mismanagement in 2018. For their peaceful protests, Iran sentenced Vahid to 54 years and six months in prison and Habib to 27 years and three months, as well as 74 lashes. each.

The mullahs’ regime executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari for his protest against the regime’s political and economic corruption in 2018, according to human rights experts and Western governments. The Iranian regime said Navid killed a security guard who was following the protesters.

The post office reported last year that the Islamic Republic was secretly holding a witness to the brutal torture of executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari.

The NGO Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) reported on its website that Naseri, who witnessed Afkari’s shocking torture, was transferred from prison more than two weeks ago and is being held in solitary confinement.

Naseri’s lawyer Babak Paknia told the Center for Human Rights in Iran on September 27 that since he was transferred to the police security unit in Shiraz, Fars province , Naseri was only allowed to make a brief phone call to his stepfather. . He did not disclose where he was being held.

According to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, “In October 2019, Naseri filed a signed statement with the court in which he said that after being taken to Shiraz police station at the end of September 2018 (little after Afkari’s arrest), he saw Afkari was severely beaten by two men in civilian clothes with a metal bar and a baton, cursing him and telling him to confess their version of the murder of a security guard in August 2018. “

Paknia said that “the way Naseri was treated is completely illegal”.

According to an audio recording, Naseri said the medical examiner’s office probed for marks on Afkari’s body and confirmed that he had been tortured, the human rights organization wrote.

“Police said it was not necessary for me to appear in court to testify [about Afkari being tortured], the judge will investigate if he deems it necessary, ”Naseri said.

He added: “The man who was standing over Navid said, ‘Everything I am saying is the truth. I don’t know his name but he had colorful eyes with a bright red face and long hair that looked like implants. Navid had his hands on his head. The man hit Navid’s arm four times and cursed him and said, “What I’m saying is what happened.”

Naseri said: “Navid was lying on the ground with his hands on his head, begging them to stop beating him. When I was brought to the station, I saw that Navid’s arm was crushed and inflamed. Navid said, “Sergeant Abbasi broke my arm.

“I was at the police station for about two months and saw Navid in pain and discomfort from the broken arm. I saw his hand being slapped with my own eyes.

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