Two hanged in Iran over attack video posted on YouTube
By Mirwais Adeel - 21 Jan 2013, 3:43 pm
A 37-second video posted on YouTube in December and later shown on Iranian state television showed four masked men approaching the
victim on motorcycles, and then two of them assaulting him, taking his bag and jacket. One of the attackers appeared to be wielding a long knife or machete.
The execution was carried out today after officials called for a speedy investigation and trial because of public outrage. The video emerged in early December and was later shown on state TV.
Their sentence was widely viewed as a get-tough message from Iranian authorities alarmed about reports of escalating street thuggery amid an economic downturn driven by escalating international sanctions. Concern about street crime has risen in the capital as the economy has plummeted.
Iran carries out one of the world’s highest number of annual executions, according to rights group Amnesty International, which has called on the Islamic Republic to commute death sentences.