TEHRAN – Five men were hanged in public executions in Iran on Wednesday, after being sentenced to death on robbery and rape charges, the Iranian news agency (Mehr) reported.
Four of the executions were carried out in Payam square in the southern city of Shiraz.
The city’s deputy prosecutor, Ahmad Zarei, said three of those convicted had been denounced by 46 people for several cases of armed robberies and for creating terror.
Another man was hanged in Karaj city, west of Tehran, after being found guilty of abusing and raping a minor.
In Iran, a theocratic Shiite Muslim state that applies the interpretation of Islamic law or Shariah, murderers, rapists, drug dealers and those who violate the law of Allah and the Islamic Republic are condemned to death.
In 2013 Iran executed 624 people and so far this year 381 have been hanged, mostly for violent crimes or drug trafficking, according to the Center for Documentation of Human Rights in Iran, an organization based in the United States.