Tehran: Iran today hanged a woman and
three men in a prison in the northwestern city of Zanjan after
they were found guilty of drug trafficking, Fars news agency
The report did not identify those who were hanged but
said the executions were carried out in Zanjan`s main prison.
The latest hangings bring the number of executions in
Iran to at least 129 in 2010 so far, according to an AFP count
based on media reports. At least 270 people were hanged last
Iran says the death penalty is essential to maintain
public security and is applied only after exhaustive judicial
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and
adultery are all punishable by death in the Islamic republic.
Iran is one of the leading countries that carry out
executions each year, along with China, Saudi Arabia and the