Smirking murderer is led to the gallows as children join crowds at public executions in Iran

2nd August 2007
Daily Mail

WARNING: This story contains graphic images

Two more criminals have been publicly hanged in Iran as children looked on and people took pictures.

Unrepentant, the smirking Majid Kavoosifar, 28, was led to the gallows and even manged a small wave to the crowd before his death.

However his cousin Hossein Kavoosifar, 24, was in tears as he and his uncle were executed in front of the main offices of the judiciary in central Tehran.

Smirking, Majid Kavoosifar is led towards the execution site

Flanked by masked hangmen, hoods over the heads of the condemned men were removed before the hanging, which took place in front of a giant portrait of the judge they had killed.

Onlookers in the street and on the roofs of houses chanted and took pictures with mobile phones.

Some laughed.

The tearful mother of one of the killers shouted: "God, please give me back my son."

Iranian authorities sentenced the two men to death for the murder of a prominent judge, a police officer and a bystander in a string of robberies and attacks.

The condemned man is helped onto the stool

The judge supervised several courts and specialized in vice cases.

Kavoosifar confessed after a three hour interrogation to murdering the judge as part of a personal vendetta, according to judicial officials quoted by state media.

A final wave to the crowd

The stool is pushed away

The end: Arms handcuffed behind his back Majid Kavoosifar hangs dead in front of the office of the judge he killed

He and his cousin also admitted killing the police officer and another man, as well as wounding three others, during five separate armed robberies.

Kavoosifar fled to the United Arab Emirates after killing the judge, but was later detained there and returned to Iran by Interpol in May 2006.

A military guard looks on impassively

A picture of innocence: even this young girl, dressed in pink, is present at the executions

The crowd wait patiently for the condemned to arrive

Yesterday Iran publicly hanged seven men in the second round of collective executions in ten days, state media reported.

"These people were hanged on charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery," the Web site of the
state's broadcasting company reported, quoting an unnamed prosecutor.

Five of the men were hanged in one execution in the center of Mashad, a town some 620 miles northwest of Tehran, the capital, state media said.

The report said the two other convicts, both 24, were hanged in a different neighborhood of Mashad, close to where they were accused of having raped a woman in 2005.

Earlier in July authorities hanged 12 criminals convicted on similar charges in Tehran.