BRITAIN has condemned as “shocking and barbaric” a public execution in Iran of three rapists, after a video showed them standing on top of three buses as guards tied them onto a bridge overhead.
“I am horrified by the public execution of three men in Iran. Hanging from a bridge, in front of a crowd of onlookers, is shocking and barbaric,” Alistair Burt, Britain’s foreign minister for the Middle East and Africa, said overnight.
“It contravenes international standards on the implementation of the death penalty, to which Iran has voluntarily signed up.
“I call on Iran to ensure that all punishments, including for the most serious crimes such as rape, are in line with these standards to prevent prolonged suffering and degradation.”
Amnesty International published a graphic video of the hanging on Thursday, which it said came from a blogger.