IRAN HANGS MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD MURDERS
February 7, 2008: Iran hanged a man for murdering four boys, Tehran Emrooz newspaper reported. The man, dentified only as Abdolzahra, 31, was to have been hanged in public in the central city of Yazd. Due to a curb on public executions imposed by the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, the execution took place in prison.
On February 9, the Iranian judiciary acquitted a young man, identified only by his first name Mohsen, sentenced to death for repeated alcohol consumption, ISNA news agency reported.
The acquittal came after the man denied drinking alcohol and regretted previous incidents of alcohol consumption.
The 22 year old, who had already been arrested three times for drinking and disturbing the public peace, was once again been found drunk on the street in Tehran and was arrested by police. (Sources: Monsters &Critics, Afp, Iran Human Rights, 09/02/2008)