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Iran hangs 12 convicted criminals

Iran has hanged 12 men in two days in different cities for offences of murder, rape, drug trafficking or armed robbery, media reported.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 08:22 IST

Iran has hanged 12 men in two days in different cities for offences of murder, rape, drug trafficking or armed robbery, media reported on Wednesday.

Three men identified only as Alireza, Hassan and Mohammad Hassan were hanged in the prison of the province of Yazd on Wednesday for drug trafficking, the ISNA news agency reported.

In a group execution in Yazd prison, six men died on Tuesday after being convicted for murder, rape, armed robbery or drug trafficking, the Fars news agency reported.

Jan Mohammad M, 41, and Reza M, 34, were put to death in a prison in the province of Isfahan on Tuesday for drug trafficking, Fars said.

Another convicted drug trafficker, identified only as Gholam, was hanged on Tuesday in a prison in the northwestern city of Karaj, the Iran newspaper reported.

Fars also reported that 11 men were lined up to be sent to the gallows on Wednesday morning in the Evin prison of Tehran, but it did not say whether the executions were carried out or suspended.

The hangings bring to at least 16 the number of executions in Iran so far this year. Iran executed at least 246 people last year, according to an AFP count.

Amnesty International says Iran carried out more death sentences in 2007 than any other country apart from China, executing 317 people.

Capital offences in the Islamic republic include murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery.