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**FILE** In this May 8, 2013, photo released by the Iranian Mehr News Agency, men hold a man hanged in public, to prevent his execution, after he was pardoned by the family of the policeman he was convicted of killing, in Mashhad, northeastern Iran. Under Sharia law, a victim's family has the option to forgive the criminal rather than allowing the perpetrator to be executed. (Associated Press)

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