Report: Iran hangs 11 convicted drug smugglers

By REUTERS
November 24, 2011 17:12

 
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TEHRAN - Iran hanged 11 convicted drug traffickers on Thursday, state television reported, the latest in a series of executions in the country that rights groups say has the world's highest per capita execution rate.

The drug smugglers were executed in a prison in the central city of Shiraz, capital of Fars province, after the supreme court upheld their convictions, according to state television.

Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and apostasy -- the renouncing of Islam -- are all punishable by death under the Islamic law Iran has practiced since its 1979 Islamic revolution.

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