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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Iran hangs six drug traffickers

    TEHRAN - Iran hanged six convicted drug traffickers in a prison west of Tehran on Saturday, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

    Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and apostasy are all punishable by death under Iranian Sharia law practised since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

    Amnesty International says Iran had the second highest number of executions in 2009 after China, adding that about a third of its 388 executions took place in eight weeks of turmoil following a disputed June presidential election.

    Those put to death on Saturday in the city of Karaj were sentenced for carrying and trafficking drugs including heroin and opium, Fars reported, citing the judiciary.

    One of the men, Abbas Gravand, was found guilty of possessing 386 grams of heroin. Another, Saeed Mikaeli, was sentenced for possessing and selling 422 grams of crack.

    Iran is a key transit route for narcotics smuggled from neighbouring Afghanistan, which produces more than 90 percent of the world's supply of opium, to the West and elsewhere. Opium is used to make heroin.

    Last year, Iran's police chief, Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, said about 130,000 people in the country of 70 million become addicted to drugs each year.

    The Iranian judiciary is stepping up its fight against the drugs trade but a large part of the "narcotics mafia" is based outside the country, he added.

    In March, Iranian media said five men convicted of various crimes including drug smuggling and rape were put to death in the southeastern province of Kerman.

    Iran's human rights record is often criticized by the West. Tehran rejects claims it is violating human rights and accuses the West of double standards and hypocrisy.

    May 08 2010 at 11:34

    NOTE the mention of "crack" in the story does not refer to crack cocaine but apparently is a term in the mideast for a form of super potent heroin that I do not think exists in the west


  1. High :D
    Swim thinks that rape and murder should be punishable by death but the other crimes mentioned should NOT be punishable by death. Seems a little harsh imo. Its crazy how other countries run there ship. How are you gonna kill someone over apostasy? Nuts!
  2. Potter
    So anyone see RoboCodeine around lately?
  3. Sippin40oz
    Morally i dont think anyone should really be excuted and its one area of UK law iam very thankful for! The only exceptions in my eyes would be for mass murders such as Saddam Hussein etc. But surely if these people deserve a such a harsh penalty wouldnt it be a worse punishment to leave them rotting in a prison cell with no hope of ever being released?!

    On the subject of Iran though hanging people in the street for drug trafficing is pretty fucking barbaric to say the least! :s
  4. dyingtomorrow
    Stories like these do make me thankful for living the a slightly less barbaric country.

    Iran is at least right about the hypocrisy, however. What does the U.S. want? For Iran to run their drug war the same way? We have 5% of the population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Not every country is as rich as the U.S. and can afford to imprison the myriads of drug users.
  5. scimor
    On the subject of whether or not the penalty is too harsh - I gotta think there's a good chance that someone could have Od'd on 422 grams of heroin out on the streets. I wonder what the ratio of the weight of the heroin produced in a, say, year, to the number of deaths from heroin OD. Be interesting to see some stats along those lines, like amount of H produced per addict. (All pure conjecture, I know, but it'd still be kinda fun to look at the numbers), and ask yourself then if you think the penalty is too harsh.

    I have no clue, but say an average of .3 people die per 422 g's on the street. Is it almost akin to knowably killing someone if you know they could easily die from the product you supply them and likely have?

    How would swim who has swung 100 pounds in his life feel?

    Just food for thought.
  6. enquirewithin
    Like Saddam Hussein and Tony Blair, people who start wars of aggression for personal gain.

    It IS barbaric. It's aslo barbaric that the US has caused the enormous increase in heroin production in neighbouring Afghanistan, which is a plague for Iran-- not to mention the terror attacks on civilians, torture and execution of prisoners which is is inflicted on the Afghans on a day to day basis by the Us and allies.
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