Iranian football player Amir Nasr- Azadani has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by an Islamic Revolutionary Court.
The ruling was reportedly made on Monday, January 9, 2023 after his alleged involvement in the murders of three Basij officers – paramilitary volunteers affiliated with Islamic Revolutionary Guard – and two other crimes committed during the current anti-government protests that have rocked the Persian nation since the middle of September 2022.
According to judicial news agency Mizan via, three other people implicated in the murder of the three Basij officers in the city of Isfahan in mid-November have been sentenced to death and another to two years in prison, according to a report from the Director of NGO Iran Human Rights.
Reports in December 2022, had earlier suggested Amir Nasr-Azdani would face the death penalty, but the decision has now been overturned after his case went viral last year, drawing a series of criticism around the world- amongst which came from the international football players’ union [FIFPRO] as well as international media.
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