Iran hangs rapist in Karaj
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 20:58
Tehran: An Iranian man convicted of rape was hanged today in a prison in the city of Karaj on the western outskirts of Tehran, the ISNA news agency reported. The report said Mohammad Orouji, 25, had also been convicted of consuming alcohol.

The sentence included 80 lashes, but the report did not say whether Orouji was whipped before his execution.

The latest hanging brings to at least 259 the number of people executed in Iran so far this year, according to a count based on news reports.

In 2008, Iran hanged 246 people, the highest number of executions carried out by any country except for China.

Tehran says the death penalty is necessary for maintaining public security and is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are all punishable by death in the Islamic republic.


First Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 20:58

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