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Pakistanis hanged for gang-rape

Three Pakistani men were hanged at dawn on Thursday morning for gang-raping a woman six years ago.

The sentence was carried out after appeals against their conviction and pleas for clemency were turned town.   The executions took place at a jail in the town Bahawalpur, near the city of Multan in the province of Punjab.

Gang-rape in Pakistan is punishable by death. Unlike murder cases, those found guilty of such crimes cannot be pardoned by relatives of the victim.

Mohammed Aslam, Sabir Ali and Pervaiz Akhtar, were arrested for gang raping the married woman at gun point in 1999.   A court subsequently found them guilty and condemned them to death.   Their appeals against the death sentence in the high court and supreme court were rejected.

Correspondents say that the bodies of the trio were handed over to relatives after the sentence was carried out.

Source: BBC NEWS


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