Iran hangs five murderers

May 16, 2009 12:00 am

, TEHRAN, May 16 – Five Iranians convicted of murder have been hung at Shiraz in southern Iran, Etemad daily reported on Saturday.

The hangings, which the newspaper said took place on Wednesday, raised to at least 107 the number of people executed in Iran since the start of 2009, according to an AFP count based on press reports.

Last year 246 executions were reported in the Islamic republic.

The human rights group Amnesty International has said that in 2007 Iran applied the death penalty more than any other country apart from China, executing 335 people.

Tehran says the death penalty is a necessary tool for maintaining public security and is only applied after exhaustive judicial proceedings.


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