Iran hangs 3 on drug charges amid criticism

TEHRAN: Iran has hanged three people on drug charges amid continued criticism of its execution practices and increased death penalty sentences.
The three men, identified as Shahab Mansournasab, Samad Geravand and Saeed Geravand, were hanged after more than 39 kilogrammes (86 pounds) of heroin and precursors and processing equipment were confiscated from them, the judiciary’s official website said on Sunday.
They were charged with “corruption on Earth” after they admitted they planned to sell the drugs in the capital, Tehran, and the Supreme Court confirmed their sentence, it said. Iranian law dictates that any person holding more than 30 grammes (1 ounce) of heroin should receive capital punishment and have most of their wealth seized. –Agencies