Iran hangs six convicts in prison



Iran hangs six convicts in prison 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 elaborating.

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 judicial proceedings.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.

PTI