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Seven Convicts Hanged In Southern Iran

Seven men convicted of serious crimes have been hanged in Iran, according to local agency reports.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported on April 16 that the seven were hanged in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz -- four in public and three at the city’s Adel Abad prison.

The seven were convicted of murder, armed robbery, and rape.

International rights groups have criticized Iranian authorities for the increasing number of death penalties being carried out.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, and narcotics trafficking are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa