Iran hangs two murderers: Report
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 21:13
Tehran: Iran has hanged two men convicted of murder, in executions carried out in prison in the central city of Isfahan, the Etemad newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The men were only identified by their first names as Esmail, 23, who was found guilty of strangling a 19-year-old woman and Moslem, 28, who had stabbed his friend to death, the report said.

The hangings carried out yesterday bring to at least 183 the number of people executed in the Islamic republic so far this year, according to an AFP count based on news reports. In 2008, Iran executed 246 people, second only to China.

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

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drugs trafficking and adultery are all punishable by death in Iran.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 21:13

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