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Iran: Man Hanged in Public for Murder

21 Sep 17
Iran: Man Hanged in Public for Murder

An unidentified man was hanged in public on murder charges. 

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): An unidentified prisoner was reportedly hanged in public on the charge of murder of a police officer. The public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in the province of Golestan. 

According to the state-run news agency, Tasnim, the prisoner was arrested and sentenced to death last year. "This individual was sentenced to death on the charges of extortion, armed shooting and creating a state of fear and terror in society. He had wounded five police officers, and one of these officers, whose name is  Hussein Deilam Katouli, was killed," says the head of the Judiciary in Golestan. The prisoner's name was not released in any of the state-run news reports. 

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016; and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. Human rights activists and informed membes of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.