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
"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
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.