Hanged Publicly in Iran
AFP- Sunday Times
-- Four Iranian men convicted of belonging to an organised crime
gang and another man found guilty of raping a young girl have been
hanged in the northern province of Mazandaran, reports say.
four gang members, who had been convicted of murder, adultery, bribery,
embezzlement and forgery, were hanged in public in the town of Salmanshahr,
the state news agency IRNA reported.
men, part of a gang called "Wild", were branded by the
court as being "corrupt on earth", provincial judiciary
chief Foulad Amoli was quoted as saying.
police had killed three members of the gang including the head,
identified as Mehid Shams, during the arrest operations," Amoli
said, adding that other gang members - numbering around 100 - were
sentenced to long jail terms.
addition, the student news agency ISNA reported that another man,
only identified as a "middle-aged" rapist of a 10-year-old
girl, was hanged in public on Sunday in the town of Ghaemshahr.
armed robbery, rape, apostasy and serious drug trafficking are all
punishable by death in Iran.
to reports in Iran's main newspapers and other media monitored by
note - With no transparency in the Islamic Republic's judicial systems,
the accuracy of convictions are under serious question.