Hanging no deterrent for LAT reporter in Iran

hanged-iran-fars.jpgAt the end of the Los Angeles Times story about two young street muggers being hanged in public in Tehran on Sunday, there's a surprise. The men, whose robbery was widely circulated on YouTube, were hanged from cranes in a residential neighborhood. The gruesome spectacle was staged apparently to deter street crime. But the Times reporter, special correspondent Ramin Mostaghim, found the strategy is not necessarily working.

A Los Angeles Times correspondent covering the event had his iPad, a $1,000 item here, stolen from his shoulder bag while speaking with distraught relatives of the condemned.

Crowd scene at executions: Ebrahim Noroozi/Fars

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