Iran hangs four men aged between 17 and 23    Tue. 23 Aug 2005


Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Aug. 23 – Four young men between the ages of 17 and 23 were hanged in public in the port city of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, on Tuesday, according to the state-owned daily Kayhan.

News of the hanging was posted on the ultra-Islamist daily’s website late on Tuesday. The four were identified only by their initials. Two of them received 74 lashes in public before their execution, the daily reported.

All four were accused of sex offences and theft. The daily quoted an unnamed Justice Ministry official as saying that the reason why young men were committing so many sex offences was that “they are not aware of the punishment for their offences under Islamic laws”.

Hours earlier, Kayhan reported that four other men had been sentenced to death in the southern city of
Kerman. Iran’s state-owned newspapers have reported that 23 persons have been hanged or sentenced to death in the past month. At least three of them were minors.

The hanging of two gay young men in the city of
Mashad last month caused an international uproar. One of the victims was a minor and the other one was 18 years old.

On July 14, Kayhan reported that a 20-year-old, called Ali Saffarpour Rajabi, was hanged in public in the town of
Pol Dokhtar, western Iran, charged with killing a Revolutionary Guards officer when he was 16 years old.