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Dana White Asks Iranian Government Not to Execute Wrestler Navid Afkari in Video

Dana White Asks Iranian Government Not to Execute Wrestler Navid Afkari in Video

UFC President Dana White posted a video Thursday night urging the government of Iran to overturn a double death sentence given to wrestler Navid Afkari for protesting the regime's economic policies in 2018.

Afkari's brothers received long prison terms, but he was sentenced to death in addition to the 74 lashes also ordered to his siblings, per TMZ.

White said in the Instagram video he "respectfully, humbly asks the government officials in Iran to please not execute this man and spare his life."

The UFC president also explained he reached out to United States President Donald Trump, who posted messages on Twitter asking the Iranian government to reverse the decision:

Bahie Namju, the brothers' mother, also posted a video saying her sons received an "unjust court hearing full of lies."

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