Tehran Square hanging doesn’t show a person who wrote against the President of Iran!

The individual pictured above is being hanged as a punishment for killing an esteemed Iranian judge.

Claim

What a horrific picture it was when the President of Iran sentenced a person to death for writing against him on social media. How his 5-year-old daughter was looking at her father while he was being hanged from a crane. And seeing his daughter sad, her father was trying to cheer her up by laughing even in the last fruits. Imagine, the father knew that he was going to die, yet he wanted to make his daughter laugh and remove the sadness from her face. Today the beast died, this is the fate of every beast

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Explanation

On May 19, 2024, a helicopter crash in the East Azerbaijan region of Iran claimed the lives of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.

In this instance, a picture of a cheerful man attached to a crane by a rope is posted. Additionally, we see a young child watching this incident with sadness while dressed in pink clothes.

This post is shared with a claim stating, “What a horrific picture it was when the President of Iran sentenced a person to death for writing against him on social media. How his 5-year-old daughter was looking at her father while he was being hanged from a crane. And seeing his daughter sad, her father was trying to cheer her up by laughing even in the last fruits. Imagine, the father knew that he was going to die, yet he wanted to make his daughter laugh and remove the sadness from her face. Today the beast died, this is the fate of every beast.” You can view similar claim posts here and here.

What’s the truth?

We began our investigation on Google by performing a reverse image search using pertinent keywords. This brought us to an August 2, 2007, BBC article titled “Tehran killers hanged in public.” This article also featured the same widely shared photograph.

According to the article,Two men have been hanged in a Tehran square for the murder of a prominent judge.”

The article went on to add that, the uncle and nephew were found guilty of the murder of Judge Hassan Moghaddas in central Tehran. Their execution took place on the same day as the murder, in front of a big portrait of the judge who was killed.

According to the administration, it is a component of a larger initiative to combat violent crime and the illicit drug trade in Iran.

Iran has been under fire from human rights organizations for having the second-highest number of executions globally, after China.

Majid and his son-in-law Hossein, who assassinated Judge Hassan Moghaddas in central Tehran in 2005, were executed two years later. Majid smiles and waves at his nephew before being hanged.

All this above information makes it clear that the men in the image are hanged for murdering a judge and not for writing against the late Iranian President on social media as the viral claim suggests.

Conclusion:

We therefore conclude that the widely circulated rumor that the Iranian president executed someone for disparaging him on social media is false and misleading. The individual seen in the picture is actually hung for the murder of Hassan Moghaddas, a well-known judge.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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