Iran hangs 22 men for drug trafficking

TWENTY-two convicted drug traffickers were hanged in Iran, a local newspaper reported today.

The 22 men were executed yesterday in the Tehran’s Evin prison and in Rajaei Shahr prison in the Tehran suburb Karaj after their death sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court, the Iran Daily reported.

While Iranian authorities do not officially publish the number of executions in the country, human rights groups say scores of people have been hanged in Iran since the start of the year.

The country allows for a strict enforcement of Islamic law.

Crimes that are punishable by death penalty in Iran include drug trafficking, murder, rape, armed robbery and kidnapping.

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