Drug smuggler hanged in public in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 16
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
One man charged of drug smuggling was hanged in the Iranian northern city of Sari in public on the morning of June 16.
An Iranian court had sentenced him to death by hanging after he was found in possession of 7.3 kilograms of crack, Asadollah Jafari, prosecutor of Sari said, Iran 's Mehr news agency reported.
Iran's prosecutor general had approved the regional court's sentence, Jafari noted and said the Clemency and Amnesty Commission of the Judiciary rejected the man's demand for absolution.
Murder, rape, armed robbery and the trafficking of drugs in quantities in excess of five kilograms are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.
Iran ranks second, after China, in terms of the number of executions in the world.
At least 852 people were executed in Iran from July 2013 to June 2014, according to the latest report of the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.
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