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Iran hangs six drug traffickers: report

Iran today hanged six convicted drug traffickers in a prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, according to media reports.

world Updated: May 08, 2010 11:11 IST

Iran on Saturday hanged six convicted drug traffickers in a prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The report identified the men as Arsalan Asadi, Mohammad Ali Fakhri, Abbas Geravand, Rahman Biabani, Saeed Mikaili and Parviz Taghizadeh.

56 people have been executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based on news reports. Last year, at least 270 people were hanged.

Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain public security and applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

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