Man who said he was God is hanged

Tuesday 01 February 2011 01:00

A man who attracted several disciples after claiming to be God was hanged for apostasy. The Fars news agency said Abdolreza Gharabat, who was hanged last week, deceived people into worshipping him.

Apostasy, murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia law, which has been practised since the Islamic revolution of 1979.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said last month that Iran executed an average of one person every eight hours.

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