Video shows brutality of Iran executions: Amnesty

LONDON — A graphic video of a public hanging in Iran of three men convicted for rape shows the "brutalisation" of the condemned and those who watch executions, Amnesty International said Thursday.

In the video, which the London-based human rights watchdog said it received from a blogger, the men are seen standing atop three buses as guards hook ropes around their necks from a bridge overhead.

Dozens of people can be seen watching from below in what was said to be Azadi Square in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah on Tuesday.

After the crimes for which the three men were convicted and their executions are announced, the buses back up one by one and leave the trio suspended by their rope as numerous onlookers photograph or film the hangings, Amnesty said.

"These latest public executions underline the continuing horror of the death penalty in Iran," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"Not only those executed, but all those who watch public executions, including, children, are brutalised and degraded by the experience. These public displays of killing perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence and blood lust, rather than a belief in justice," she said.

"We have also been informed that the arrest, trial and execution of these men took barely two months, which raises serious questions about the fairness of the trial."

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