IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS EXECUTED FOR DRUG-RELATED CHARGES
February 28, 2013: According to the official Iranian media five prisoners have been hanged in three different Iranian cities. All the prisoners are convicted of drug-related charges.
The official website of the Iranian judiciary in Qazvin reported that three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qazvin on February 24. The prisoners were identified as "J." (33) charged with possession of 24 grams of cannabis and 440 grams of Shisheh; "M." (32) charged with possession of 223 grams of heroin and 412 grams of Shisheh and "M." (28) charged with possessing 470 grams of Shisheh.
According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Khuzestan one prisoner was hanged in the prison of Behbehan on February 24. The prisoner was identified as "A. Gh." and was convicted of trafficking of 3485 grams of crack, said the report.
The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported that one prisoner was executed in the prison of Sari (northern Iran) on February 27. The prisoner, who was not identified by name, was convicted of drug trafficking, said the report. No further details were given. (Sources: Iran Human Rights, 27/02/2013)