April - 2008 Hanging
Islamic regime hangs four
April 21 2008 at 02:14PM
IRNA Tehran - Iran hanged four convicted drug traffickers in a prison in the southern city of Kerman on Monday, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Iran (Islamic Regime) hangs five murderers and five others win reprieve
IRNA gave neither their identities nor the amount or kind of narcotics they were convicted of trafficking.
The hangings bring to at least 64 the number of executions in Iran so far in 2008, according to an AFP count.
Rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Monday that in 2007 Iran made more use of the death penalty than any other country apart from China, executing 317 people during the year.
Capital offences in Iran include murder, rape, armed robbery, serious drug trafficking and adultery.
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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has hanged five convicted murderers but five others supposed to be executed at the same time were pardoned by the victims' families "in the last seconds of their lives", a government daily said on Thursday.
The ten men were taken to the gallows in Tehran's Evin prison on Wednesday morning, but five of them were returned to their cells after the families of those they killed agreed to accept "blood money" to spare their lives, the Iran daily said.
Under Iran's Islamic law, sharia, a victim's relatives may pardon the murderer in return for financial compensation.
"Ten people who were supposed to be hanged were taken to the gallows in Tehran Evin's prison yesterday morning when five of them were hanged and the other five were saved," Iran said.
"The five other convicts, in the last seconds of their lives, managed to receive a pardon and time to pay blood money and were taken back to prison from the gallows," it said, without giving details on how much money they will have to pay to the families.
Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia, practised since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Those hanged on Wednesday included a 33-year-old who shot two boys to death, a 25-year-old who knifed and killed another man in a fight over a mobile phone card and another man in his 20s who robbed and murdered a 80-year-old woman, Iran said.
European governments and Western rights groups have criticised Iran for an increasing number of hangings since authorities launched a clampdown on "immoral behaviour" in July.
Amnesty International last week listed the Islamic state as the world's second most prolific executioner in 2007, after China. It said in a report Iran had executed at least 317 people last year compared with at least 470 in China.
Iran rejects accusations it is violating human rights and accuses the West of double standards and hypocrisy. Asked about the Amnesty figure, a judiciary spokesman said he did not know the exact numbers of executions but that it was "not high."
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