Thousands assemble in Tehran to view gang rapists executed
Residents of Tehran were given a public display of justice on Sunday, with five convicted gang rapists executed by hanging at dawn.
The gang, dubbed the "black vultures" by police who tracked their spate of brutal rapes, were strung up from cranes before thousands of people, including the mother of at least one of them, at two different sites in the Iranian Republic, according to AFP.
With authorities keen to make an example of the gang, the local and foreign press were given full access to the spectacle, which involved the convicted rapists being slowly lifted off the back of trucks by the necks and suffering a slow death by strangulation.
"We were going to execute them in prison, but we were flooded with telephone calls from many women asking for us to hang them in public," a court official told the news agency. The deaths took at least five minutes, and drew cheers and applause of "Allah-u Akbar" from the crowd. (Albawaba.com)