European Union condemns execution of Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari

    (CNN)The European Union says it condemns "in the strongest terms" the execution of Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari.

    Afkari was executed in Iran on Saturday, according to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out.
    The 27-year-old was executed at a prison in Shiraz, according to IRNA. He had been sentenced to death in relation to the murder of the Iranian government's water and sewage department's security agent Hasan Turkman during the August 2018 protests in Shiraz, according to Iran's state media Mizan.
      "Human rights remain a central feature of our engagement with Iran," said a statement by the EU's spokesperson, issued on Monday.
      "We will continue to engage with Iranian authorities on this issue including through the local EU representation in Tehran and also on individual cases such as this recent execution.
      "The European Union is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and cases with no exception. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity."