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Sixteen Hanged In Iran This Year

Reports say at least 16 people have been hanged in Iran since the start of this year.

Iran's Fars news agency reported on January 4 that three men convicted of rape had been hanged in the northeastern town of Torqabeh.

Fars said the three were hanged "publicly in the presence of judiciary officials from Torqabeh."

The U.S.-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported on January 4 that 13 people had been executed on January 1.

HRANA said seven prisoners convicted on drug charges were hanged in the Shehab prison in the southern Kerman Province.

That same day, four women convicted on drug charges were also hanged in the Bam prison and two men in a prison in Bandar Abbas.

Sahamnews reported on January 5 that a 22-year-old member of the Basij paramilitary force was convicted on charges of attacking a woman and waging war against God in the southern Fars Province and was sentenced to death.

Based on reporting by Fars news agency, Sahamnews, and HRANA