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Iran: Young Prisoner Hanged in Public

Public execution of a young man in Nasirabad, in Isfahan Province, central Iran. August 2017
A prisoner in his mid twenties was hanged in public in Isfahan on murder and rape charges.

The Head of Justice Department on August 21, 2017, announced the public execution of a young man in Nasirabad, in Isfahan Province, central Iran, according to the state-run ROKNA news agency.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 22 2017): On the morning of Monday August 21, a young prisoner was hanged in public on murder and rape charges.

The execution was carried out in the city of Nasrabad on the morning of Monday August 21.

According a report by the state-run news agency, IMNA, the prisoner - which the report does not mention his name - was arrested on January 3, 2017 at the age of 25 for the charge of raping and murdering a 15-year-old teenage girl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 22, 2017


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