Report: Iran executes 12, seven on drug charges

TEHRAN - Iran on Sunday executed 12 people convicted of drug trafficking and other charges, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
Seven people had been charged with drug smuggling and the other five with kidnapping, rape, murder and armed robbery.
The convicted drug traffickers were executed early on Sunday in the central province of Fars inside a prison compound, while the other five were publicly hanged to serve "as a deterrent for would-be felons", Mehr said.
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