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Iran halts death penalty for minor drug crimes

AP  |  Tehran 

Iranian media say the country has begun implementing new guidelines that will prevent thousands of convicted drug smugglers from being executed.

The new regulations, approved by in October, would limit the death penalty to drug kingpins, armed dealers and those convicted of more than 50 kg of opium or 2 kg of heroin.

Previous prescribed the death penalty for 20 kg of opium or 30 gm of heroin.

The pro-reform newspaper and other dailies reported today that Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the of the judiciary, has ordered officials to "quickly" review cases and implement the new regulations.

Rights groups say is among the world's leading executioners. The country does not release official figures on executions.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:10 IST