Iran hangs 7 convicted drug smugglers

Iran maintains one of the highest execution rates in the world.

Tehran: Iran hanged seven men on Monday for smuggling drugs, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The convicted men were executed inside a prison in the western province of Kermanshah. "They had procured and distributed narcotics ranging from 5 kg (11 lb) of heroin to 100 kg (220 lb) of synthetic crack," said prosecutor Mojtaba Maleki.

According to a law passed by Parliament in December, procurement and distribution of more than 30 g (1.06 oz) of drugs is punishable by death. State media on Saturday reported the execution of eight other drug smugglers in the holy Shi`ite city of Qom.
Human rights groups criticise Iran for maintaining one of the highest execution rates in the world. Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and apostasy -- the renouncing of Islam -- are all punishable by death under Iran`s Islamic law, practised since the 1979 revolution.

Bureau Report