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Iran: Court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death comes under attack

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020
The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 29, 2020—Following the execution of 27-year old Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari for taking part in anti-regime protests back in 2018, rebellious and brave youths in the city Shiraz, south-central Iran, targeted the mullahs’ Supreme Court that had issued Afkari’s death sentences.

“In the early hours of Sunday, September 27, 2020, in protest against the criminal execution of Navid Afkari, the Iranian national wrestling champion, the defiant youth targeted the court in Shiraz, which issued his death sentence and set fire to its entrance,” said the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in a statement.

This act of public outrage received wide international media coverage and even state-run websites and newspapers.

 

September 27, 2020-Rebellious Youth  Target Regime’S Courthouse Where Iran’S Wrestling Champion Navid Afkari Was Sentenced To Death

“The video footage published by the NCRI… shows an explosion and fire at the entrance of the Shiraz Revolution Court,” Al-Arabiya reported.  

The state-run ISNA news agency acknowledged the explosion at the Shiraz judicial center building entrance. “The incident took place in the middle of the night after explosives were hurled at the Revolutionary Court’s entrance,” the report reads.

The recent execution of Navid Afkari, arrested for participating in the 2018 uprising, led to a wave of international and domestic condemnations. In the past two weeks, defiant youth in various cities, including in Shiraz, Navid’s hometown, wrote graffiti and distributed leaflets condemning his execution and death sentences issued for other detained protesters. They wrote, “Fire is the answer to execution.” The people of Shiraz welcomed the targeting of the mullahs’ local court, which took place while the regime’s repressive forces were on maximum alert.

The so-called “Revolution Courts” in Iran are known for their violent nature, unfair trials, and issuing death sentences against dissidents. Most of their “judges” and officials are assigned by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and intelligence agencies.

A month earlier, the regime executed Mostafa Salehi, a worker who participated in the 2018 nationwide protests.

The Iranian people face an ongoing violation of human rights and massacres for their protests against the mullahs’ dictatorship. The international community’s lack of interest in holding the regime to account for its human rights abuses has emboldened regime officials to continue committing crimes in prisons and the streets of Iran.

Regime judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi was a key member of Tehran’s “Death Commission,” a trio of regime officials who carried out minutes-long trials and sent 30,000 political prisoners to the gallows during the summer 1988 massacre. This crime against humanity has never been investigated by the international community and the perpetrators have yet to face justice.

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020

The so-called court that sentenced Navid Afkari to death was targeted by the defiant youths—Shiraz, south-central Iran—September 27, 2020