Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#Iran : Hangs Convicted Rapest In Public

Iran has hanged in public a man convicted of various charges, including rape, abduction and threatening police forces, in a northern city, local media reported on Monday.

The man, identified only as Mostafa P., 26, was executed on Saturday in Noshahr, some 110 kilometres (nearly 68 miles) north of the capital Tehran, the hardline Javan daily reported.

The hanging brings to 241 the number of executions in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on media and official reports.

Human Rights Watch counted 388 executions in Iran in 2010. Amnesty International put the figure at 252, ranking the Islamic republic second only to China in the number of people put to death last year.

Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking, homosexuality and adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.

Source: Agence France-Presse, November 14, 2011