IRAN. FIRING SQUAD EXECUTES MAN WHO RAPED 17 CHILDREN
January 26, 2008: An Iranian firing squad executed a man who raped 17 children, the Fars news agency reported, in a rare use of this method of capital punishment which is usually carried out by hanging.
The man, identified as Reza Sharifi, was executed in the central city of Mobarakeh in Isfahan province for raping the children aged between seven and 11, the report said.
He preyed upon elementary school pupils by deceiving them and saying he would take them home. Then he would take his victims into nearby gardens and rape them before leaving them on the streets. (Sources: AFP, 26/01/2008)