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Iran hangs 7 violent crime convicts

16 April 2013, 15:01

Tehran - An Iranian semi-official news agency says authorities have hanged seven people convicted of armed robbery, murder and rape in southern Iran.

Tuesday's report by Mehr says four of the convicts were hanged in public while the other three were executed at a local jail in the city of Shiraz.

The report says two more prisoners, convicted of armed robbery, are to be hanged in public later in the day. Mehr did not identify the convicts.

Murder, rape, armed robbery and kidnapping, along with drug trafficking, are all punishable by death in Iran.

International rights groups have criticized Iran for its growing pace of hangings, which are often carried out in public.

An 2012 Amnesty International (AI) report on death penalty statistics worldwide has rated Iran as having the highest number of executions per capita in the world.

The report states that at least 314 executions were officially acknowledged by the authorities last year, yet 274 additional executions were reported to AI by reliable sources.



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