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Five drug traffickers hanged in Iran

world Updated: May 12, 2011 09:15 IST

Authorities in Iran have hanged five convicted drug-traffickers in the country's northwest area, a media report in Teheran said.

The hanging was carried out immediately after the convicts were awarded death sentence by a court in Orumieh, the capital of West Azerbaijan Province.

They were hanged in the main prison of Orumieh in Iran's northwest, Iranpressnews reported on Tuesday.

Esfandiar Mandahki, Teimur Aiubian, Aref Rashid-pour and two other unnamed men bring to 300 the number of people hanged in Iran over the past nine months.

Since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, drug trafficking is among a series of crimes punishable with the death penalty in the country.