1953: Lavrenty Beria, Stalin henchman 1683: Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha, for the Battle of Vienna

2008: Nine hanged in Iran

December 24th, 2009 Headsman

Iran has been dinged for ramping up its execution pace in the wake of its mid-2009 crisis of political authority. (Like this, just yesterday.)

There might well be something to that, but Iran’s “baseline” starting point for any such escalation is already pretty high, and had already been trending up.

It was in that spirit at dawn this day last year that Tehran’s Evin Prison conducted a mass hanging of eight men and one woman, with a tenth potential victim spared at the last moment only due to the absence of his family.

All were executed for homicide, including the woman, one “Tayyabeh”, who insisted that she was tortured into confessing to burying her 8-year-old stepdaughter alive.

On this day..

Entry Filed under: 21st Century,Capital Punishment,Common Criminals,Crime,Death Penalty,Execution,Hanged,Iran,Known But To God,Last Minute Reprieve,Mass Executions,Murder,Not Executed,Ripped from the Headlines,Women

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