Navid Afkari (Persian: نوید افکاری; 1993 – 12 September 2020) was an Iranian wrestler who was sentenced to death and executed by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for protesting against the regime during the 2018 unrest in Iran, as well as the alleged murder of an undercover security guard from the IRGC that occurred during the 2018 Iranian protests. His brothers Vahid and Habib were sentenced to 54 and 27 years, respectively, in prison in the same case. While Afkari initially accepted the murder charge, he would later state that it had been a forced confession, with him having been tortured into making a false confession. Despite the Islamic Republic's efforts to portray Afkari's execution as retribution for the deceased security guard, the murder charge was never proven. Afkari's death was followed by worldwide condemnation of the regime, ranging from individual to national statements, including statements released by the EU, the International Olympic Committee IOC, and individuals like UFC president Dana White and Reza Pahlavi, the last crown prince of Iran.Afkari was executed in the early morning hours of 12 September 2020 in the Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz.
He is also known as Afkari, Navid.
Afkari was given two death sentences for his charges.
According to human rights activists in Iran, Afkari's brothers Vahid and Habib were sentenced to 54 and 27 years in prison for charges stemming from the same case.