Iran hangs two convicts recaptured after escape
23-Dec-2009 (one comment)

Two Iranian convicts who escaped execution on Tuesday were hanged hours after being recaptured, Iranian media has reported.

The men and five relatives who aided their escape from the hangman's noose were caught on the way to the coastal town of Bandar Abbas, officials said.

No additional information was given about how they managed to escape.

Iran executes more people than anywhere else in the world except China, human rights groups say.

The men, named as Esmail Fathipour and Mohammad Esfandiarpour, were convicted of arms smuggling offences and bank robbery, the Fars news agency reported.

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