Maryam Rajavi calls for an urgent national and international action to stop the death sentence of Navid Afkari
The clerical regime’s judiciary has sentenced three brothers to death, imprisonment, and flogging for participating in the Kazerun and Shiraz uprisings.
Navid Afkari, a 27-year-old National wrestling champion was sentenced to two executions, in addition to six and a half years in prison and 74 lashes. His brothers, Vahid Afkari, 35, and Habib Afkari, 29, were sentenced to 54.5 years in prison and 74 lashes, and 27 years and three months imprisonment and 74 lashes, respectively. They have been subjected to severe torture in prison since 2018.
The three brothers are accused of “membership in opposition groups,” “participation in dissident groups’ rallies and activities,” “writing slogans,” “propaganda activities” against the regime, “insulting the leader (Khamenei) and regime officials,” “encouraging people to revolt, rebellion, and to beat” regime agents, and engage in “Moharebeh” (waging war against God)”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called for urgent national and international action to stop the execution of Navid Afkari and called on all compatriots in Fars, especially the brave youth of Fars and Kazerun, to protest against these criminal rulings. She said: With these sentences, the ruling religious fascism is seeking to retaliate against the courageous residents of Kazerun and Shiraz for rising up in April, May and August 2018 as well as in November 2019, which shook the regime to its core.”
Mrs. Rajavi urged the United Nations to take immediate action to compel the regime to rescind all death sentences issued to intimidate the public and to thwart protests and uprisings by the outraged citizens. She also reiterated on the need for an international fact-finding mission to visit Iranian prisons and meet with prisoners, especially political prisoners, and detained protesters.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
August 28, 2020