Tehran: Iran on Sunday hanged three people
found guilty of "forbidden acts" as well as two convicted
rapists and a drug trafficker in a prison of the southwestern
city of Ahvaz, ISNA news agency reported.
Three of the prisoners were hanged for committing
"forbidden acts against religion," the report said, without
Other charges against the three included kidnapping
and theft, Khuzestan provincial judiciary spokesman
Hojjatoleslam Abdolhamid Amanat was quoted as saying.
Two convicted rapists and a drug smuggler were sent to
the gallows in the same prison.
The latest hangings bring to 180 the number of
executions reported in Iran so far this year, according to a
news agency tally based on media and official reports.
Iranian media reported 179 hangings last year but
international human rights groups say the actual number was
much higher, ranking the Islamic republic second only to China
in the number of people it executed in 2010.
Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain
law and order, and it is applied only after exhaustive
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and
adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.