Iran hangs 4 men on murder, drug charges

Iranian authorities have hanged four men, in the first execution since the new judiciary chief took office, a state-owned newspaper said Thursday. The report by IRNA daily said two men were hanged in Tehran's Evin prison on charges of murder. Two others were executed in the city of Isfahan on drug smuggling charges. All were hanged on Wednesday, two days after the country's new judiciary chief, Sadeq Larijani, took office. According to media reports, more than 100 executions have been reported since January. Iran does not publish official statistics on the number of executions. Murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking are all punishable with the death penalty under Iran's law.