Iran publicly hangs 2 in Tehran (PHOTOS) Daily News thank to Pamela Hall
The executed men's crime was caught on video and shown on YouTube and state television in December, sparking outrage across the country. Iranian authorities found the doomed pair guilty of 'waging war against God.' THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday, January 21, 2013,
Alireza Mafiha, second from left, leans his head on the shoulder of a security officer moments before his execution in Tehran on Sunday. His accomplice, Mohammad Ali Sarvari, is second from the right.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran state radio says two men have been hanged publicly after posting a video on YouTube showing them robbing and assaulting a man with a machete on a Tehran street.
The execution was carried out Sunday 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.
The two men, both 24, were convicted of "waging war against God," a broad charge that can cover actions ranging from anti-state organizing to violent assaults.
Iranian policemen prepare to hang Mohammad Ali Sarvari. Iran publicly executed the two men after posting a video on YouTube in December showing them robbing and assaulting a man with a machete on a street in Tehran.Amir Pourmand/AP
Alireza Mafiha is hung in public from a crane. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani called it a "moharebeh" crime, which Iran's legal code defines as 'defiance of God.'
The semiofficial ISNA news agency says nearly 300 people witnessed the hangings.
ISNA said two accomplices received sentences that included 10 years in prison and 74 lashes each.
According to ISNA, one of the men said they mugged the man because they were poor.Ebrahim Noroozi /AP: Iranian women react during the execution.