Iran hangs convicted drug trafficker: Report
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 18:09
Tehran: Iran has hanged a convicted drug trafficker in the southern city of Kerman, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The man identified as Omid A was hanged in the city's prison, the Vatan Emrouz newspaper said without giving the date of execution.

He was convicted of transporting and distributing 4,800 kilogrammes of opium and 150 kilogrammes of heroin, the report said.

The hanging brings to at least 265 the number of people executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based on news reports.

In 2008, Iran executed 246 people, the highest number in any country bar China.

Tehran says the death penalty is necessary for maintaining public security and is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are all punishable by death in the Islamic republic


First Published: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 18:09

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