The mother (R) of murder victim Abdolah Hosseinzade slapping the face of Balal (C), who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing her son, before removing the rope from around his neck, during the execution in the northern city of Nowshahr, Iran on Tuesday.  Photograph: Arash Kamooshi/EPA

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as gu(...)