Monday, January 5, 2009

Iran hanged 9 people, the day before Christmas day

Islamic Iran on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 hanged nine people convicted of murder in a mass execution in a Tehran prison as well as a drug trafficker in the north of the country, the Fars news agency reported.

According to an AFP count, Wednesday's hangings take to at least 244 the number of executions in Iran in 2008.

The Fars news agency said that eight men and a woman were executed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, without giving further details.

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

News sources: Yahoo! News, Radio Free Europe