TEHRAN - Iran hanged a man on Tuesday for killing a doctor he thought had caused his mother's death, and a 17-year-old, convicted of killing the country's strongest man, will be executed tomorrow, Iranian media reported.
The two cases have caught the public's imagination in a country which has the highest per capital death penalty rate in the world, according to rights groups. Iran dismisses criticism of its justice system, saying it is an effective deterrent.
Sajjad Karimi was convicted of killing Gholamreza Sarabi, a cardiologist, after his mother died. He was hanged in one of the capital Tehran's main squares.
"In the presence of the police and the people, the killer of Dr. Sarabi was hanged this morning in Haft-Houz square," the official IRNA news agency reported.