TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has hanged five men convicted of raping and murdering a young woman, a state-owned newspaper reported Monday.
The men were convicted of kidnapping the woman, raping her and then dousing her with gasoline and burning her alive.
The IRAN newspaper reported Monday that the crime was apparently in revenge for the woman's failure to marry one of the men. Her family opposed the union.
The convicts, all aged 19 to 24, were executed Sunday in Qom prison some 84 miles south of Tehran.
Murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking are all punishable with the death penalty under Iran's strict Islamic regime.
The hangings brought to about 60 the number of people executed in Iran so far this year.