Iran hangs two robbers in public

2013-01-20 09:57:17 GMT2013-01-20 17:57:17(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran hanged two men in public on Sunday morning for armed robbery, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Earlier last month, a video footage posted on the web and aired on state TV showed that a group of robbers, on motorbikes and armed with machetes, assaulted a man in a street in Iran's capital Tehran and forcefully robbed him of his money and documents.

The two executed men, named Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad-Ali Sorouri, aged 23 and 21, were sentenced to death by a Tehran's revolutionary court. The sentence was confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court.

Two others involved in the attack were sentenced to 10 years in jail, 74 lashes and five years in exile, according to the report.

In the court, some of the defendants confessed that they had done armed robberies before.

Crimes including drug trafficking, murder, adultery, rape and armed robbery are subject to death penalty in Iran.

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