Iran hangs 13 members of rebel Sunni Muslim group

July 14, 2009 15:54

Authorities in southeastern Iran on Tuesday hanged 13 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group convicted of bombings and killings in the area, according to the official IRNA news agency. The report said Abdulhamid Rigi, brother of Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of the group known as Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, had been scheduled to be hanged along with the 13 men, but his execution was postponed. It gave no reason for the postponement. State radio reported that the executions took place in the city of Zahedan, southeastern of Teheran. IRNA also said that all 13 were supposed to be hanged in public but authorities changed their mind at the last minute and decided to execute them inside Zahedan's main prison. The state radio had earlier reported that the executions took place in public.

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