Report: Iran executes 14 people on drug charges

By REUTERS
May 21, 2012 19:09

 
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DUBAI - Iran hanged 14 people convicted of drug trafficking on Monday, the official IRNA news agency reported, the latest mass executions by a country that has been criticized by human rights groups for its high death penalty rate.

IRNA said the hangings happened on Monday morning and all those executed were convicted of smuggling and keeping drugs.

"Those convicted had requested to be forgiven but after their cases were reviewed, the request was denied," it said.

Iran has been criticized by Western human rights groups for its high rate of executions. Tehran dismisses criticism of its justice system, saying it is implementing Islamic law and responding to a major drugs problem.

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