Beheaded in Public in Wave of Executions
May 13, 2003
TEHRAN - An Iranian was beheaded in public and three others hanged, while five more were due to be executed later Tuesday for offences ranging from rape and murder to kidnapping women and homosexuality, reports said.
A man convicted of murdering two fellow Iranians with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, as well as three counts of rape, was beheaded with a sword in the southeastern province of Sistan Baluchestan bordering Pakistan, a press report quoted a judiciary source as saying.
The daily Seday-e Edalat did not say precisely when or where the execution took place or identify the accused, but said he had been given five death sentences, three by beheading and two by hanging.
Beheading as a form of capital punishment is rare in Iran, and this was the first case to be reported in years.
In the holy Shiite northeastern city of Mashhad three men convicted of abducting women and girls, rape, homosexual acts, sodomy and fornication were hanged in public Tuesday, a judiciary official in the city told AFP, but did not name them.
They were among eight members of a gang sentenced to death, and the other five would be hanged later Tuesday, the Iran daily said, while another 135 were sentenced to heavy prison terms and flogging.
Police also arrested 63 women working in brothels when the gang was broken up.
Courtesy of IranMania
Iran woman awaits execution
Saturday September 27, 2003
An Iranian woman is about to be executed for killing a police chief who allegedly tried to rape her, Amnesty International said yesterday.
Afsaneh Nouroozi, 32, was reportedly arrested six years ago after killing the head of police intelligence in Kish, southern Iran.
At her trial she said that she had acted in self-defence. Her lawyer cited an article of Iran's Islamic criminal law that allows citizens to take "proportionate" action to defend "life, honour, chastity, property or freedom" when it is impractical to summon help from the authorities.
Nouroozi was nevertheless sentenced to death, and the sentence is reported to have been upheld by the supreme court last month. The only person able to grant clemency at this stage is the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Amnesty believes the execution is imminent.
Courtesy of The Guardian
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