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Iran hangs three drug traffickers: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 19:06

Tehran: Iran has hanged three men who
were found guilty of drug trafficking, in a prison in the
central city of Yazd, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The report did not say when the executions were
carried out.
The latest hangings bring the number of executions in
Iran to at least 116 this year, according to an AFP count
based on media reports. At least 270 people were hanged in
2009.

Iran says the death penalty is essential to maintain
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.

Iran is among the countries that execute the most
people each year, along with China, Saudi Arabia and the
United States.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 19:06
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