Iran's chief judge decrees executions no longer to be in public

Iran's chief of judiciary has decreed that executions in the country no longer take place in public, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. The report said the official, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, on Tuesday decreed that "execution cases no longer be carried out in the open." The report said executions henceforth could be public only after a special approval by the head of the judiciary. The decree also banned publishing pictures and broadcasting video footage of executions. Earlier on Monday, state television broadcast a video footage showing two men it said were convicted of serial rape and murder of women, after their hanging in the central Iranian city of Arak.