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Iran hangs three for mosque bombing

world Updated: Apr 10, 2009 15:21 IST
Iran hangs three for mosque bombing

Iran hanged three men convicted of a mosque bombing which left 14 people dead in the southern city of Shiraz a year ago, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday. Mohsen Eslamian, 21, and Ali Asghar Pashtar, 20 both university students and Rouzbeh Yahyazadeh, 32, had been charged last year as "mohareb" (enemies of God) and "corrupt on the earth" by a revolutionary court in Tehran.

The three men were hanged in the city's Adelabad prison after being convicted for the April 2008 bombing of a packed mosque during evening prayers in Shiraz that also wounded more than 200 people.

Iran's judiciary had accused the defendants of having ties with a monarchist opposition group outside Iran and of taking orders from an Iranian US-based "CIA agent" to try to assassinate a high-ranking official in Iran. The authorities also accused the group of seeking to overthrow the Islamic regime in Iran.

The latest hangings bring to 68 the number of people executed in Iran this year. Iran executed 246 people in 2008, according to an AFP count.

Iran stepped up its use of the death penalty last year in what it says is a bid to improve security in society.