Tehran: Iran on Saturday hanged a man convicted of
murdering a child in the city of Qom, south of the capital
Tehran, the Fars news agency reported.
The man sent to the gallows was only identified by the
initials HS and was sentenced to death after the court found
him guilty of killing an eight-year-old boy who was on his way
from home to a nearby grocery shop.
He was hanged in a prison in Qom in the presence of the
The latest hanging brings to 172 the number of executions
reported in Iran so far this year, according to a news agency tally
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, ranking the Islamic republic second only to China
in the number of people it executed.
Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain
law and order, and applied only after exhaustive judicial
proceedings. Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and
adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.