Iran publicly hangs four rapists
Saturday 13 December 2003, 13:20
Four men convicted of raping a married woman have been hanged in front of a crowd of 3000
in northern Iran. The crime took place in the town of Gorgan two weeks
ago on the night of celebrations marking the end of the holy month of
Ramadan, the Jomhuri Islami newspaper said on Saturday.
The four men broke into the house and tied up the woman's husband, the
report added. They were hanged in the main square in Gorgan on Thursday.
The men were identified as Muhammad N, Ahmad N, Alireza N, and Mujtaba
The newspaper said the gang had been apprehended hours after the crime,
convicted by a local court and the verdict confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Rape, murder, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable
by death in Iran.
When President Muhammad Khatami came to power in 1997 as a reformer, there
was hope that Iran might do away with the death penalty. But opponents
say that he has made no real challenge to
the ruling clergy which still dominate political institutions, the judiciary,
the police and the military.