Islamic Regime hangs 29 convicted criminals in Tehran
Sunday, July 27, 2008; 6:09 AM
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran executed 29 convicted drug smugglers and other criminals in Tehran's Evin prison at dawn on Sunday, state media reported, following an expanded crackdown on crime in the Islamic Republic.
Sunday's executions all took place at 0510 (8:40 p.m. Saturday EDT), said state broadcaster IRIB. Executions of a handful of people at the same time are often reported but rarely a group this large.
Iran is often accused of rights abuses by rights groups and Western governments, although Tehran dismisses the criticism and accuses the West of double standards and hypocrisy.
"The 29 who were executed this morning were involved in the smuggling of narcotics on a wide scale, organized crime, murder and armed robbery," Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was quoted as saying by state radio.
Police have in recent weeks arrested dozens of people in a new drive against "immoral behavior" in Iran, which Amnesty International has listed as the world's second-most prolific executioner in 2007 after China.
Iran said on Saturday it planned to execute 30 people for murder, rape, drug smuggling and other crimes.
"We are hoping Tehran will become the most unsafe place for drug dealers, thugs and trouble-makers and also violators of people's honor," Mortazavi said.
"These convicts had long criminal records and after being released from prison they returned to the same criminal activities," he said.
IRIB said they "had smuggled thousands of kilos of narcotics in the country and outside the country" and that some of them were also convicted of rape, murder, armed robbery and "disrupting public security and peace."
At least 10 people were hanged in the country in July. In September last year, 21 people were executed in one day, but in two different places.
Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia law, enforced since the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Amnesty International in April said Iran executed at least 317 people last year, trailing only China which carried out 470 death sentences.
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Islamic Regime executes 29 in jail hangings
July 27 - 2008
Reports from Iran say 29 people have been executed by hanging in Tehran.
Among them were convicts found guilty of murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, state television IRIB reported on its website.
All the executions took place on Sunday morning in Tehran's Evin prison, the report said.
Amnesty International, the human rights group, said that last year Iran carried out 317 executions, a higher total than any other country apart from China.
The latest hangings were carried out after the death sentences were approved by the country's Supreme Court, IRIB reported.
"Twenty-nine drug smugglers and well-known bandits were hanged in Evin prison on Sunday at dawn," the statement said.
"These criminals had smuggled thousands of kilos of narcotics in the country and outside the country."
Human rights groups have accused Iran of making excessive use of the death penalty but Tehran insists it is an effective deterrent that is used only after a lengthy judicial process.
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Iran sentences spy to death
July 1 2008 03:00 | Last updated: July 1 2008 03:00
Iran yesterday sentenced an Iranian businessman to death for helping Israel spy on Iranian military sites.
Ali Ashtari, 43, was found guilty of being a mohareb - that is, someone who fights with God - by the Revolutionary Court. He was reported to have imported electronic equipment giving him access to Iran's research, atomic energy and military centres.
"I fell into the trap of the Israeli intelligence service unknowingly and was never aware that I was co-operating with Mossad," Mr Ashtari said at his trial.
Mr Ashtari's trial was held at the weekend and his picture was shown for the first time yesterday when the verdict was announced. He has the right to appeal against his sentence.
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Iran hangs three murderers: report
ran has hanged three convicted murderers in Tehran's Evin prison, the latest in a growing number of executions in the Islamic republic, a press report says.
The Kargozaran newspaper said that Hamid Reza, 21, and Naqib, whose age was not given, were sent to the gallows on Wednesday for stabbing their friends to death in separate incidents.
The third person hanged, identified as Reza, was convicted of killing his friend in a fight two years ago.
The new hangings bring to at least 117 the number of executions carried out in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count.
Amnesty International reported that in 2007 Iran applied the death penalty more often than any other country apart from China, executing 317 people during the year.
Capital offences in the Islamic republic include murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery.
Human rights groups have accused Iran of making excessive use of the death penalty but Tehran insists it is an effective deterrent that is carried out only after an exhaustive judicial process.
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Four Iranian criminals are hanged in public in the southern city of Shiraz, 950 kms (590 miles) south of Tehran,
چهار نفر دیگر در ایران در ملاءعام به دار آویخته شدند
به گزارش یکی از روزنامه های ایران چهار نفر دیگر در ایران در ملاءعام اعدام شدند.
روزنامه کارگزاران نوشته است صبح روز پنج شنبه چهار نفر، از جمله یک افغانی، در میدان شهر برازجان واقع در استان بوشهر به دار آویخته شدند.
قتل، تجاوز به عنف، سرقت مسلحانه و قاچاق مواد مخدر از جمله جرایمی هستند که بر اساس قوانین جمهوری اسلامی ایران، مجازات آن اعدام است.
گروه حقوق بشری عفو بین الملل می گوید با اعدام ۳۱۷ نفر در سال گذشته، ایران پس از چین دومین کشور جهان است که بیشترین اعدام ها در آن صورت می گیرد.
آیت الله محمود هاشمی شاهرودی، رییس قوه قضاییه جمهوری اسلامی، گفته است اعدام در ملاءعام تنها باید پس از تصویب او و بر اساس «ضرورت های اجتماعی» صورت بگیرد.
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