Head of Iranian Prisons Organization says crime rate in country growing
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 4 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Crame rate in Iran is growing, and relevant agencies and organizations must do whatever is needed to stop it from growing further, Head of the country's Prisons Organization Gholam-Hossein Esmaili said, ISNA reported.
Esmaili noted that aside from the high crime rate, there are specific anomalies in the country, that do not fit within the Islamic system.
Iranian media outlets report that currently there are some 170,000 imprisoned people in Iran, while as International Centre for Prison Studies said in 2011 that this figure was from 230,000 to 250,000 people.
Esmaili said that of all those currently being held in Iran's prisons, 43 percent are drug addicts and drug dealers, while 28 percent are thieves.
In October 2012, Deputy head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Taha Taheri said there are more than 100,000 prisoners in Iran, serving sentences for drug-related crimes.
Taheri said that more than 3,600 police officers were killed during the drug combat operations over the last 30 years.
According to foreign media outlets, since October 2011 to October 2012, Iran had 488 people executed, 33 percent of which were accused on drug trafficking, and 13 percent accused of rape.