Tehran: Iran has hanged two men and a woman
convicted of drug trafficking and a rapist, local media
A report in Kayhan newspaper identified the first two men
as Vahid Sh. 35 and Rasoul T. and the woman as Beygum P. They
were hanged in a prison in the central city of Isfahan on
Monday, it said.
ISNA news agency said an unidentified 23-year-old man
convicted of robbery and rape was hanged in the Bojnourd city
in north eastern North Khorasan province.
It did not give the date of execution.
The latest hangings bring to at least 255 the number of
people executed in Iran so far this year, according to a
count based on news reports.
In 2008, Iran hanged 246 people, the highest number of
executions carried out by any country bar China.
Tehran says the death penalty is a necessary tool 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.