Iran hangs 12 drug traffickers and kidnappers

Iran has executed eight convicted drug smugglers and four kidnappers in the past week, state media reported on Saturday.

Iran hangs 12 drug traffickers and kidnappers

Iran has executed eight convicted drug smugglers and four kidnappers in the past week, state media reported on Saturday.

The drug smugglers were executed in the central city of Qom. Mostafa Barzegar Ganji, a judiciary official from the city, told the official Irna news agency 16 other narcotics traffickers were also awaiting hanging there.

"They will soon be hanged if the authorities do not forgive them," he said.

The kidnappers were put to death on Saturday in Zahedan prison in the volatile border province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"These people had kidnapped innocent citizens a number of times, and after receiving money from their families they still killed some of their victims," Fars quoted provincial prosecutor Ebrahim Hamidi as saying.

Iran is a key transit route for narcotics smuggled from occupied Afghanistan.


Agencies

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