First, let me state that I am 100% against the death penalty for any reason, however, this is the first time--as far as I know-- that banksters will be punished for participating in the destabilization of the global economy. An Iranian court dished out four death sentences in the country's biggest bank-fraud scandal to date: the embezzlement of $2.6 billion.
Constitution of the Islamic republic Article 49
"The government has the responsibility of confiscating all wealth accumulated through usury, usurpation, bribery, embezzlement, theft, gambling, misuse of endowments, misuse of government contracts and transactions, the sale of uncultivated lands and other resources subject to public ownership, the operation of centers of corruption, and other illicit means and sources, and restoring it to its legitimate owner; and if no such owner can be identified, it must be entrusted to the public treasury. This rule must be executed by the government with due care, after investigation and furnishing necessary evidence in accordance with the law of Islam.
Now Iran's "justice" system is barbaric and I am in no way promoting this type of oppression. Death sentences in Iran are, in theory, legal for: armed robbery, treason, murder, drug trafficking, rape, pedophilia, sodomy, kidnapping, and terrorism, and I guess, bankster fraud. Regarding sodomy, the Iranian Judiciary does not recognize the concept of sexual orientation, and thus from a legal standpoint there are no homosexuals or bisexuals - only heterosexuals "committing" homosexual acts, which is ludicrous in an of itself. On the other hand, transgendered individuals are classified as a distinct group with legal rights.
Meanwhile, in the west, the banksters', Wall Street CEOs, Blackwater executives and/or corrupt politicians--aren't they all?--are rewarded with promotions, bonuses, and trillions of dollars in bail-outs. The bottom line is that elite criminals should be prosecuted, not protected.