Iran hangs 12 people, 5 in public

2011-05-26 20:08

Tehran - Iran has hanged 12 men for offences including murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, including five who were executed in public, news agency reports and a legal source said on Thursday.

The official Irna news agency said "serial killer" Mehdi Faraji, convicted of murdering five middle-aged women who boarded his minibus, was hanged in public in the city of Qazvin, northwest of the capital Tehran, on Thursday.

Two more men, Hamid Ranjbar and Hamid Reza Baqeri, were also hanged in public after being convicted of armed robbery and abduction. They were executed in the southern city of Shiraz.

Another two, Masoud Dehqan and Mehdi Alipour, were hanged in public in the same city after being found guilty of rape, the IRrna report added.

In addition, two men convicted of drug trafficking were hanged on Thursday in a prison in the northern city of Sari, Irna reported, quoting the city's prosecutor Asadollah Jafari. The report did not name the convicts.

Also, four men convicted of drug smuggling were sent to the gallows in a prison in the central city of Yasouj, Irna cited a local prosecution official as saying, but did not name the men.

Another man, meanwhile, was hanged on Monday for drug smuggling in the city prison of Behbahan in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the provincial justice department said on its website. It gave no other details.

The latest hangings bring to 143 the number of executions reported in Iran so far in 2011, according to an AFP count based on media and official reports.

Iranian media reported 179 hangings last year. But international human rights groups say the actual number was much higher, making the Islamic republic second only to China in the number of people it put to death.

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

  • Wayne - 2011-05-26 20:34

    This is the full might of the law - thinking of the article in which the government says they are really concerned about cop killings!!!!

      Zanu - 2011-05-27 09:20

      One point though... This article describes how criminals are killed. Do not forget that they kill around 30 people a month, including Women that have been raped, Gays, and political opposition to the regime... believe me... the last thing South Africa needs is their backward behaviour to minorities. Otherwise the ANC would be killing farmers legally, hanging business owners, beheading mining managers and stoning Democratic Alliance leader for being women… I mean white

      Thangy - 2011-05-27 12:24

      @Zanu You must be on crack!

  • Goddok - 2011-05-26 20:49

    This must be a wonderful country to live in if they deal with these type of criminals in such a decisive way. Lets also protest for the death penalty and make South Africa a safe place for all!!! - 2011-05-27 12:44

      Um we would be left with no president, no cops and all our prisons will be empty :) yes i did the smiley face on purpose :)

  • Lennox - 2011-05-26 20:54

    Equates to about 30 per month so far this year in Iran, the way things are going in SA you would have 30 per week. Hanged for armed robbery & abduction, rape, drug smuggling....eish, the ANC would lose a lot of voters if SA citizens went to the gallows for these offences.

      Goddok - 2011-05-26 21:22

      Do not worry we will see an exponential decline in crime and they will win my vote as well as all the people who is gatvol!!

  • SNOTKOP - 2011-05-26 21:38

    Cool, i would love to see this happening here is SA. Watching someone do the death jive should frighten the living crap out of the next person contemplating such a deed. Betcha S.A will change overnight.

  • Allah - 2011-05-27 08:40

    yoo! that's Iran for real. why not in our own land?

      Zanu - 2011-05-27 09:31

      Stone Age! When your accuser is also your lawyer, your judge, your jury, and your executioner! It’s hard to know if the right criminals are the ones put to death most of the time... I am all for the death penalty in a democratic South Africa... but not in the Islamic Republic of Iran... where that "Rapist" is also the son of the opposition leader.

  • NodrogBob - 2011-05-27 10:31

    This is the type of law we need in this country, then and only then will we see the crime stats come down!

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