IRAN PUBLICLY HANGS FIVE MEN FOR RAPE, KIDNAPPING
November 19, 2006: Iran has publicly hanged five men convicted of rape and kidnapping in the northern province of Golestan.
The men identified as Khashayar J., Esmail B., Abolghasem H., Ruhollah T., and Hassan B., were hanged in a stadium watched by a cheering crowd.
The executions bring to at least 127 the number of people executed in Iran this year, according to an AFP tally based on press and witness reports. (Sources: AFP, 20/11/2006)