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Iran hangs four convicted drug smugglers - agency

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has hanged four people convicted of smuggling drugs in the central province of Yazd, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

Since authorities launched a clampdown on “immoral behaviour” in July 2007, police have arrested dozens of drug addicts, smugglers, rapists and murderers.

“These four people were hanged in the central prison of Yazd province after they were convicted of drug smuggling,” Fars said.

Human rights groups often criticise Iran and say the Islamic republic has one of the highest execution rates in the world.

Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and apostasy -- the renouncing of Islam -- are all punishable by death under Iran’s Islamic law practised since the 1979 revolution. (Editing by David Stamp)