Tehran: Iran has hanged four people for
crimes ranging from drug trafficking, rape and murder, local
media said on Sunday, bringing the total number of executions so
far this year to 227, according to a news agency tally.
An unnamed drug trafficker convicted of shooting a
policeman fighting a convoy of narcotics smugglers in eastern
Iran was among those executed, the official IRNA news agency,
without specifying the day of the hanging.
Another news agency, ISNA, said two men found guilty of
drug trafficking were hanged today in a prison in the northern
city of Sari. The report did not identify them.
The city`s prosecutor`s office was quoted as saying the
two were "chief elements" in the sale and distribution of
drugs in Sari.
And state television`s website reported that a young man
aged 25 was publicly hanged last Wednesday in the town of
Marvdasht after being convicted of rape and abduction.
AFP`s 2011 execution tally is based on media and official
Human Rights Watch counted 388 executions in Iran in
2010, while Amnesty International put the figure at 252,
ranking the Islamic republic second only to China in the
number of people put to death last year.
Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain
law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and
adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.