Three paedophiles were publicly shot then hanged from a crane in Yemen as punishment for raping and killing a ten-year-old boy.
Disturbing pictures show the rapists in blue overalls paraded in front of crowds in the centre of Sana’a, the country’s largest city.
They were handcuffed, ordered to lie face down and shot five times in the heart.
Their corpses were then winched high into the air by a crane where they were left hanging as a grim warning to other potential offenders while onlookers took pictures on mobile phones.
Yemen, south of Saudi Arabia, is one of the world’s top executors with capital punishment for violent crimes including murder, rape, and terrorism.
The death penalty can also theoretically be used in cases of Islamic or ‘Hudud’ offences under Sharia law such as adultery, sexual misconduct, sodomy, prostitution, blasphemy and apostasy.
All sentences are carried out by shooting although stoning, hanging, and beheading are also permitted within the Yemeni penal code.
Yemen has one of the highest execution rates per capita in the world.
Capital punishment is typically carried out by shooting, and occasionally in public. In addition to being the only individual in the country with the authority to grant clemency, the President of Yemen must ratify all executions passed down by any court before they are carried out.
Yemen prohibits certain criminal offences and applies the death penalty to such crimes listed above.