Saturday, October 25, 2014


Iran

Iran Hangs Two Men For 'YouTube' Assault

Iran has hanged two men for their role in a robbery and assault that was filmed and posted on YouTube.

The ISNA news agency reported that the two men, both 24, were hanged in Tehran before a crowd of some 300 people after being convicted of "moharebe," or waging war against God, a broad charge that is punishable by death under Iran's interpretation of Islamic law.

The men were sentenced in December after a 37-second video was posted on YouTube showing four masked men robbing a man and assaulting him with a long knife or machete.

Two additional men were sentenced as accomplices to 10 years in prison and 74 lashes.

Iran has one of the highest annual numbers of executions in the world, together with China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

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