2013: Vahid Zare pardoned while hanging

Last year on this date, an astonishing scene unfolded at a public hanging in Mashhad, near the Iran-Afghanistan border.

Vahid Zare, a robber who murdered a young military conscript pursuing him, was the man due for execution.

Moments after he was dropped and began strangling, the family of his victim pardoned him — their right under Iranian law. Zare was immediately rescued mid-hanging, and his executioner helped him off the gallows for transportation to a local hospital.

The graphic pictures that follow tell an astonishing story.

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4 thoughts on “2013: Vahid Zare pardoned while hanging

  1. Execution show the muslim’s bestiality…why not burn him alive while you are at it!

  2. Wow. Just pardoned like that. Amazingly bizarre. I am against execution. Knowing that there have been innocent people convicted and sentenced to prison and death…I can’t support that shit. One innocent imprisoned executed person is one too many.

    But this case…you never hear about anything like this. Here in the States, sure the family of the victim can forgive the killer, even ask for mercy for them…but that doesn’t changes much of anything….in regards to shorter sentences or pardons.

    Stupid weird question. If such a law(?) would be enacted in the states, would that help decrease murders?

  3. Wow, what an unselfish act to carry out by the grieving family, i don’t know if i would’ve been able to do the same had it been a member of my family.

  4. These are fascinating photos — it brings to mind the whole “a picture is worth a thousand words” thing.

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