100s cheer public hanging

2006-11-14 22:42

Tehran - An Iranian man convicted of sodomy was publicly hanged in the western town of Kermanshah on Tuesday evening, the official news agency IRNA reported.

The man, identified as Shahab Darvishi, was charged for "moral corruption, battering and sodomy".

The public hanging drew hundreds of cheering people, it added.

The hanging brings to at least 117 the number of people executed in Iran this year, according to an AFP tally based on media and witness reports.

Amnesty International has said there were 94 executions in Iran in 2005.

Capital offences in the Islamic republic include murder, rape, armed robbery, apostasy, blasphemy, serious drug trafficking, repeated sodomy, adultery or prostitution, treason and espionage.