Number of executions in Iran can be reduced, says official

executions in Iran

The number of executions carried out in Iran should be reduced, according to Dr. Javad Larjani, a top Iranian human rights official and politician.

Human Rights organizations report 300 people have been executed in Iran this year, many of whom were convicted for drug related crimes.

Dr. Larijani told reporters in New York on Wednesday that drug trafficking continues in Iran despite the executions.

"I think there are ways to bring the number of executions. More than 74 per cent of executions in Iran are stemming from drug trafficking related crimes. Whether it is correct or not, there is a big question: 'Did this harsh punishment bring the crimes down or not?' In fact, (it) did not bring it down." (Duration: 23")

Dr. Larijani says some people in Iran argue that the reason for drugs-related crimes is because the presence of international troops in Afghanistan has led to an increase in opium production there.

He said Iran is paying a high price fighting narcotics along its borders with Afghanistan, where police officers are regularly killed.

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