Thursday, April 24, 2014

10 drug traffickers hanged in Iran



The men had earlier been convicted by Iranian Courts


Iranian authorities, Monday, hanged 10 convicted drug traffickers, the Mehr news agency has reported.

The men were hanged in a prison in the capital after their death verdicts were confirmed by the Supreme Court, Mehr said.

Seven of the men belonged to a gang involved in the trade of one tonne of methamphetamine; while the three others, from a separate gang, had smuggled opium from South-East Iran to Tehran.

Amnesty International last week condemned the men’s death sentences.

“The vast majority of executions in the country in recent years have been for drug-related offences, in spite of there being no clear evidence that the death penalty serves as an effective deterrent.

“The country has one of the highest rates of drug addiction in the world,’’ the London-based rights group said in a statement.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, and trafficking more than five kilogrammes of drugs are among crimes punishable by death in Iran.

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