Iran hangs 10 convicts north of Teheran

Iran has hanged 10 people - the largest number of executed convicts so far in 2009, the country's state-owned newspaper reported Thursday. The IRAN daily said the hangings took place Wednesday after the country's Supreme Court approved the death sentences. The 10 were reportedly identified only by their first names, and were hanged in Evin prison north of Teheran. A few cases of executions were reported earlier this month. In 2008, Iran executed more than 150 people, according to counting based on media reports. The country 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 Islamic penal law.