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Iran hangs 10 people

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 13:25 IST

Iran's state-owned newspaper says the country has hanged 10 people, the largest number of executed convicts so far in 2009.

The IRAN daily says the hangings took place on Wednesday after the country's Supreme Court approved the death sentences. Thursday's report says the 10, who were identified only by their first names, were hanged in Evin prison north of Tehran.

A few cases of executions were reported earlier this month. In 2008, Iran executed more than 150 people, according to counting based on media reports. The country does not publish official statistics on the number of executions.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking are all punishable with the death penalty under Iran's Islamic penal law.