Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Iran hangs recaptured excapees

It's a hanging day in Qom city, Iran...  
Two Iranian convicts who escaped execution on Tuesday were hanged hours after being recaptured, Iranian media has reported.
The men and five relatives who aided their escape from the hangman's noose were caught on the way to the coastal town of Bandar Abbas, officials said.
No additional information was given about how they managed to escape.
Iran executes more people than anywhere else in the world except China, human rights groups say.
The men, named as Esmail Fathipour and Mohammad Esfandiarpour, were convicted of arms smuggling offences and bank robbery, the Fars news agency reported.
The men's family reportedly overpowered security services as the men were being hung in the town of Sirjan.
The officials have not said what punishment the family members will face.
This year the Iranian government has increased the already high number of executions, possibly as a way of asserting its authority in the wake of the disputed presidential election result, BBC correspondents say.
Human rights groups accuse Iran of making excessive use of the death penalty but Tehran insists it is an effective deterrent that is used only after a lengthy judicial process.

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