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Condemned Iranian weeps on hangman's shoulder

(YNetNews) A photo from Iran is making waves worldwide, arousing debates on capital punishment, which in the Islamist Republic and many other countries is meted out not only to murderers.

Alireza Mafiha, an Iranian man convicted of a violent street robbery in Tehran, was waiting for the gallows on Sunday when he was photographed in an exceptionally human moment: Laying his head on his executioner’s shoulder and weeping. Minutes later he was publicly hanged in a square in central Tehran.