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Iran hangs three men for drug smuggling - IRNA

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has hanged three men convicted of smuggling drugs and killing policemen, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

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.

“They were hanged inside a prison in the city of Birjand,” a local judiciary official in the eastern province of Khorasan told IRNA.

A Supreme Court had upheld their execution sentences.

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

Writing by Hashem Kalantari, Editing by Jon Hemming