Monday, 28 July 2008

Prison reform programme

The proportion of prisoners in Iran who return to crime has always been low.
A new initiative this week-end is considered likely to drive this figure even lower.

TEHRAN, July 27 (UPI) -Twenty-nine convicted criminals were hanged in Tehran for offenses ranging from murder to adultery, Iranian state media reported Sunday.Iran's judiciary issued a statement saying the executions were carried out to deter those contemplating such offenses as drug dealing, armed robbery, arms smuggling, murder and even being a public nuisance while drunk, CNN reported.

Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency had earlier reported that 30 prisoners were set to be executed and it wasn't clear if a prisoner had been spared. (Maybe he was just not feeling too good after his interrogation?)

Iran executed 317 people last year, second only to China's 470, reported the human rights group Amnesty International.

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