Man convicted of murdering 4-year-old girl publicly executed in Iran

A man convicted of murdering a 4-year-old girl was publicly hung at a bus terminal in western Iran on Monday, the Tasnim news agency reported.

The man was sentenced to death after being found guilty of raping and killing the girl before hiding her body under a highway bridge in May. The decision to employ the death penalty received backing from the country's highest court due to the heinous nature of the crime.

In Iran, cases involving murder, sexual assault, armed robbery and drug-trafficking can lead to a death sentence, with child rape and murder nearly always invoking capital punishment.

Last update: Tue, 02/08/2016 - 14:38

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