Friday, August 07, 2009


That's the headline of a joint report of Austrian Presse Agentur and Agence France Presse based on a story in the "reform newspaper", Etemad. It is stated that on 30 July there were 24 hangings for alleged "drug trafficking" in a single day in a prison near the capital. The same prison was the site of 20 hangings earlier in the month, and since the beginning of the year the number of executions in Iran is said to be 219, though Amnesty International puts the total at 246. Human rights activists say that opponents of the regime are being charged with drugs offenses and sentenced to death.
Full APA/AFP report (in German) click here.
(Thanks to our colleague Prof. G. Fischer in Vienna for forwarding this article.)


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