IRAN: 300 ON DEATH ROW FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
May 31, 2011: Iran has 300 convicted drug smugglers on death row, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said in comments published today, adding that, to his regret, few of them were major traffickers.
"300 people have been sentenced to death in relation to drug smuggling," the English-language government-owned Iran Daily quoted the prosecutor as saying.
"However, these people are not the major drug traffickers. We need to move towards the big smugglers."
Jafari Dolatabadi did not specify whether all those he referred to had exhausted all avenues of appeal. (Sources: Afp, 31/05/2011)