Iranian sentenced to death for killing prostitutes

Iran has sentenced to death a man convicted of killing 16 prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad.

Iran has sentenced to death a man convicted of killing 16 prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad.

Saeed Hanaei was convicted last week of murder and less serious charges at the end of a no-jury trial.

The killings took place in Mashhad, capital of Khorastan province, over a year.

Hanaei, 39, said he posed as a customer and lured the women into his house.

The a construction worker was arrested July 25.

He lived with his wife and three children, and said he decided to kill the women after a driver mistook his wife for a prostitute.

Hanaei, who has the right to appeal his death sentence, confessed at the opening of his trial to having sex with some of his victims before strangling them with their headscarves.

He told the court: "My intention was to clean the city because these women were damaging Islam."

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