Iran hangs 4 in public for villa rape raid

Four men convicted of raiding a private party in Iran’s central Isfahan province and abducting and raping several women were publicly hanged Wednesday before a crowd of thousands, Iranian media reported.

The men, aged 20 to 25, were part of a gang of 15 that burst into the party, being held in a villa in the town of Khomeni Shahr in May, wielding knives and clubs, Fars news agency said.

After overpowering and tying up male guests, the gang kidnapped the women and took them to a nearby villa, where they were raped, ISNA news agency said.

The hanged men all had prior police records for consuming alcohol, which is banned in Iran, weapons offences and kidnapping.

Five other members of the gang were sentenced to 28 years in prison and 74 lashes for complicity in the raid, while charges against two recently arrested suspects were under review, provincial judiciary chief Gholam Reza Ansari said, according to Fars.

Four other suspects are at large.


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