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Iran Publicly Executes two men after they Posted YouTube Clip of Themselves Committing an Armed Robbery (Graphic Photos & Video)

They were tried through YouTube and hanged by  remote control as hundreds captured their agonising last moments on mobile  phones.

But though the deaths of Alireza Mafiha and  Mohammad Ali Sarvari had all the accoutrements of the 21st century, the essence  of their executions was medieval.

The pair, executed for robbery, were paraded  before a baying crowd of 300 in a public park at the centre of the Iranian  capital, Tehran.

Amid the howls of grief and rage, a  judge  recounted their crime and delivered the verdict, that they would  be hanged for ‘waging war against God.’

Alireza Mafiha, second left, leans his head on the shoulder of a security officer moments before his execution along with Mohammad Ali Sarvari, second right, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Iran executed two men on Sunday publicly, after posting a video on YouTube in December 2012 showing them robbing and assaulting a man with a machete on a street in Tehran. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani called it a “moharebeh” crime, which Iran’s legal code defines as “defiance of God”, or the state, are punishable by hanging. (AP Photo/ISNA, Amir Pourmand)

Sarvari seemed stoical. But the  desperate  Mafiha broke down and laid his head on the shoulder of a  balaclava-clad Iranian  police officer who put an arm around his back.

Moments later nooses were looped  around  their necks as a group of women at the front of the crowd begged  their captors  for forgiveness.

Their pleas fell on deaf ears. As the sun  came up on Sunday morning, the executioners pressed the buttons to  trigger  their deaths.

Mafiha, aged 23, and Sarvari, 20,  were  raised up by two extending cranes to a height of around 15 feet.  They were dead  within seconds.

The pair had been arrested after  posting a  video on YouTube in December showing them attacking a man with a machete on a  Tehran street.

It showed four masked men on  motorbikes  approaching their victim before assaulting him with a machete and taking his bag  and jacket.

Shocking: Iranians witness the public execution of Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad Ali Sarvari in Tehran. The two men posted a video on YouTube in December showing them robbing and assaulting a man with a machete

The 37-second clip was later shown on Iranian  television and caused outrage in an urban population terrified  by rising crime  levels,

Mafiha and Sarvari, who are both unemployed,  were arrested along with two other men.

Execution: Masked executioners place the noose around Mohammad Ali Sarvari’s neck (right). Seconds later both he was dead along with accomplice Alireza Mafiha (left) in a very public display by Iran’s hardline government

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