Iranian court sentences two teenagers to death for rape and murder

September 16, 2007 11:58

An Iranian court sentenced two teenagers to death on the charges of rape and murder, the state-owned Iran daily reported on Sunday. The court in Shiraz, 900 kilometers (560 miles) south of Teheran sentenced Reza, 16, and Mohammed, 18, to death for raping and killing 9-year-old Karim Tajik and 10-year-old Mohammed Shiri in April 2007. The teenagers were also sentenced to three years in prison and a hundred lashes. According to the newspaper, the suspects confessed to raping the boys, tying them up and then tossing them into the river to drown in the town of Marvdasht. In June, Iran said that the execution of people under the age of 18 had practically stopped and the government was working to outlaw the practice.

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