Report: Iran executes 22 people on drug charges

September 19, 2011 12:55

TEHRAN - Iran hanged 22 people convicted of drug trafficking, a newspaper reported on Monday, the latest mass executions by a state that has the highest per capita death penalty rate in the world, according to rights groups.

The hangings happened on Sunday at two prisons, Evin in Tehran and Rajai Shahr, just outside the capital, Iran daily said.

"Subsequent to the trials of 22 big-time traffickers, the Islamic Revolutionary Court found them guilty based on the existing evidence and handed down execution sentences," it reported.

Amnesty International says Iran is second only to China for the total number of executions carried out. Tehran dismisses criticism of its justice system, saying it is implementing Islamic law and responding to a major drugs problem.

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