Iran executes 12, seven on drug charges

2012-01-15 19:47

Tehran - Iran on Sunday executed 12 people convicted of drug trafficking and other charges, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Seven people had been charged with drug smuggling and the other five with kidnapping, rape, murder and armed robbery.

The convicted drug traffickers were executed early on Sunday in the central province of Fars inside a prison compound, while the other five were publicly hanged to serve "as a deterrent for would-be felons", Mehr said.

The report gave only the initials of some defendants.

Iran is frequently criticised by human rights groups for maintaining one of the world's highest prisoner execution rates.

For drug-related offences alone, it put 488 people to death in 2011, the Amnesty International reported last month. Iran denies violating human rights in this case, saying its chosen form of justice leads to less crime.

Iran is a key transit route for narcotics smuggled from neighbouring Afghanistan, which produces more than 90% of the world's supply of opium.

In recent years, Iran has received international assistance, including from several European countries and the United Nations, to help stem the drug flow across its borders.

Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and apostasy - the renouncing of Islam - are all punishable by death under Iran's shari'ah law practiced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-15 20:31

    Holy cow !!!! If we would have the death sentence here for adultery, we would not have a government!!!!!!

  • Bert - 2012-01-15 20:32

    Except for renouncing Islam, which is taking away a persons freedom of choice, YES, in favour of the death penalty for all the other offences published here. Want to fill the dormant soccer stadiums? here you go............

      keith.staniford - 2012-01-15 20:40

      And very few citizens!!!

  • Zyklon85 - 2012-01-15 20:33

    Show dem

  • Irene - 2012-01-15 20:42

    If there is no hope of the death penalty returning, why don't pharmaceutical companies use the criminals to test their medicines on instead of animals?

      Bert - 2012-01-15 21:32

      Yep go with that so long as they go public and show the results, especially with the tests that go horribly wrong. That might make would be criminal types think twice.

  • Jim - 2012-01-15 21:43

    Best thing about Iran!

  • toibry - 2012-01-15 22:34

    Why do the nations rage and the people's plot in vain?

  • Jameel - 2012-01-15 22:40

    Yous know nothing about Islam and nothing about Iran besides this and one or two verses of the Quraan and make a judgemnet call on that. Not so intelligent..

      Bert - 2012-01-16 18:52

      Enlighten us all the please Jameel. We honestly want to understand Islam's treatment of women, public executions, terror of Christians inside Islamic countries, calling all others than except Muslims, Infidels, Minorities in the UK mocking the British Forces dead returning from the Middle East. If this was in reverse in Iran, the protesters would probably last less than 30 seconds. And on and on.Please Jameel enlighten me in the good of all this so I may go forth and spread the light!

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