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Iran hangs nine 'glass' drug traffickers

08 may 2012, 10:23
Methamphetamine. Photo courtesy of clinicallypsyched.com
Methamphetamine. Photo courtesy of clinicallypsyched.com
Iran on Monday hanged nine men in a prison in Tehran after they were convicted of trafficking "glass", or methamphetamine, AFP reports citing a statement from the Tehran prosecution office.

Seven of the men had been sentenced to death after a consignment of 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of the drug was seized in a cargo ship bound for southeast Asia, the statement carried by local media said.

"Reza Golshani, Abolfazl Norouzi, Majid Heydarkhani, Majid Doosti, Majid Mandehi, Ali Alaee and Babak Pouravarz ... were hanged in this regard," it added.

In a separate case, two brothers, Bahman and Behzad Nabavi, were executed after being convicted of trafficking more than 420 kilos (925 pounds) of "glass," according to the prosecutor's office.

The Islamic republic is one of the world's main practitioners of capital punishment, along with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

London-based Amnesty International said in its annual review of death sentences and executions worldwide published in March that Iran had executed at least 360 people in 2011, three-quarters of them for drugs offences, up from at least 252 in 2010.

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