Ten More People Executed for Drug Charges in Iran

Iran hangs another ten people for drug related charges in Karaj’s Rejai Shahr Prison today.

Iranian judiciary issued a statement announcing the names of the prisoners and details of their charges of possession and use of heroine, opium, hashish and crack, and indicating that some of these prisoners were also sentenced to flogging and a monetary fine prior to execution.

The legal proceedings against these prisoners were carried out in the presence of the defence attorneys, Iranian judiciary officials report, and add that their application for clemency was refused by the Mercy and Pardoning Commission.

Early this week, Amnesty International announced that since the beginning of this year Iran has executed prisoners at the rate of one in every eight hours.

The rights group accused Iranian judiciary of being on an “execution binge” guided by intelligence and security forces.

The Islamic Republic Prosecutor General recently announced that in order to uproot drug smuggling, the judiciary intends to confront drug related charges promptly and firmly which has translated into severity of courts and greater tendency toward issuing death sentences.

Some analysts view the spread of drug use especially amongst the youth as a sign of failure of this policy and urge the authorities to assume more effective plans to stop drug use.

– Article from Payvand Iran News.

Rights group: Iran on ‘execution binge’

by CNN

Iranian authorities hanged 10 convicted drug smugglers early Wednesday morning, according to state media.

The 10 men were executed at a prison in the city of Karaj, west of the capital Tehran, according to IRIB news agency.

They were charged with smuggling, storing, and selling narcotics, charges that have lead to the majority of the reported executions in Iran.

The latest executions brings the total number to 57, since the beginning of 2011, according to a human rights group.

The New York-based group, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, says the Iranian regime has been on an “execution binge”, hanging on average one person every eight hours.

“The Iranian Judiciary is on an execution binge orchestrated by the intelligence and security agencies,” said Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the ICHRI.

The group says the number of unreported executions is even higher in politically motivated cases.

Rhodes pointed to a recent execution of a Kurdish activists that he said had not been fully reported to the public.

“The execution of Kurdish activists, without fair trials and following torture, increasingly appears as a systematic, politically motivated process,” he said.

According to the ICHRI, Iran executes more people per capita than any other country and is is second only to China.

– Article from CNN.