Friday, September 28, 2007

Iran Hangs Three During Ramadan

Tehran, Iran, Sep. 27 – Iranian authorities hanged three men in public in the northern city of Babol on Thursday halfway through the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, state media reported.

The three men identified as Hadi Jafartabar, Mirhadi Mirtaghi and Seyyed Shoja Moussavizadeh were hanged in a sports complex, the state broadcasting corporation IRIB said in a report on its website.

The government-owned news agency Fars said that the three men were convicted of rape.

It is important to remember that in Iran, homosexuals are often labeled as rapists before they are hanged to avoid world condemnation. Executing criminals is a judicial issue; executing homosexuals is a human rights issue.

In fact, under the Sharia (Islamic law), rape is virtually impossible to prove. The victim must provide four male Muslim witnesses (or eight female) to prove the crime. Anything less, the perpetrator walks away a vindicated man while the victim is then punished for immoral behavior, usually by being stoned to death.

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