End to public executions

From Times Wire Reports

Iran’s chief judge has decreed that executions will no longer be held in public, the IRNA news agency reported.

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, a moderately conservative cleric, also banned publishing pictures or broadcasting video of executions, the report said.

Since the start of this year, Iran has publicly hanged more than 20 people convicted of murder, rape or drug smuggling.