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Iran: Two hanged in public for 'waging war against God'

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
Two prisoners were hanged in public in the Kermanshah province on Moharebeh ('waging war against God') charges.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 10 2017): Two prisoners were hanged in public in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab (Kermanshah province, western Iran) on Moharebeh charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run media IRIB, the executions were carried out in public on the morning of Sunday January 8.

The prisoners were reportedly charged with armed robbery and the murder of a police officer.

Although the state-run media has not provided the names of the prisoners, the unofficial news agency, Kurdpa, has identified the two prisoners as Rouhollah Koshtemad and Sajjad Zarsineh.

Photos of the execution (via Iran Human Rights):

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
A medieval theocracy and barbaric punishments

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.


Source: Iran Human Rights, January 10, 2017

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