IRAN: FIVE EXECUTED FOR MURDER, KIDNAPPING
March 9, 2009: Five prisoners were hanged in Iran for murder and kidnapping, state-run media reports said.
The mullahs' regime hanged four prisoners, including one convicted of involvement in the abduction of two Belgians in 2007 and other crimes, in the southeastern city of Zahedan, reported the official news agency IRNA.
IRNA said their crimes also included the killing of eight security forces personnel and the kidnapping of a cleric. The Belgians, a man and a woman, were seized in south-eastern Iran in August 2007 but they were released after a few days. An Iranian official said they had been abducted by a bandit group whose leader demanded that his jailed brother be freed in return for their release.
The other prisoner identified as Mostafa M., 34, was hanged in prison in the central city of Isfahan. (Sources: International Herald Tribune, NCRI, 09/03/2009)