Two robbers publicly hanged in Iran

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 16:20 hrs

Tehran, Jan 20 (IANS) Iran hanged two men in public Sunday morning for armed robbery, Xinhua reported.

A video footage posted on the web and aired on state TV last month had showed a group of robbers, on motorbikes and armed with machetes, assaulting a man in a street of Tehran and forcibly robbing him of his money and documents.

The two executed men, named Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad-Ali Sorouri, aged 23 and 21, were sentenced to death by a revolutionary court in Tehran. The sentence was confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court, ISNA news agency reported.

Two others involved in the attack were sentenced to 10 years in jail, 74 lashes and five years in exile.

Crimes including drug trafficking, murder, adultery, rape and armed robbery are subject to death penalty in Iran.

--Indo-Asian News Agency


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