Executions on the rise, especially for juveniles with no criminal background.
A senior judiciary official in Iran’s Fars province has announced the upcoming executions of four individuals accused of possessing drugs and using weapons against regime officials.
He said that since March 2007, there had been on average one to two executions weekly, for charges of murder or drug trafficking.
A senior Kermansheh province police official said that several offenders had been executed in the province, and that there would be more in the near future.
The online daily Rooz reported that at least 12 youths under 18 had been sentenced to death and were expected to be executed at any time.
The Iranian local media has protested against the executions, claiming that some of those executed had no criminal past.
Source: Rooz, Iran, September 5, 2007