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Iran Hangs 28 For Drug Trafficking

October 14, 1991

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Twenty-eight alleged drug traffickers were executed Monday in Mashhad, capital of Iran’s southeastern Khorasan province.

The Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, said the executions brought the number of people hanged on drug charges in Khorasan since last March to 152.

It said that of those executed Monday, the youngest was Mohammad Omrani, 21. It identified the eldest as Alam Barahouie, 61. Four were women.

Two were Afghans, it said.

Possession of even small quantities of drugs like heroin carry a mandatory death sentence under Iranian law.

Opposition groups charge that political prisoners are being executed under the guise of drug-related crimes.

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