As they were convicted of being guilty of murder, rape, armed robbery or drug trafficking, 29 people have been executed on Sunday morning, in Tehran’s Evin prison, reported state television IRIB on its website.
With 317 executions carried out last year, Iran has a higher total than any other country apart from China, said Amnesty International, the human rights group.
After the Iranian Supreme Court approved the death sentences, the latest hangings were carried out, reported IRIB.
“Twenty-nine drug smugglers and well-known bandits were hanged in Evin prison on Sunday at dawn”, the statement said.
“These criminals had smuggled thousands of kilos of narcotics in the country and outside the country.”
Although Iran has been accused by human rights groups of making excessive use of death penalty, Tehran insists that it is an effective deterrent, used only after a lengthy judicial process.